Police launch hunt for ‘deplorable’ family history criminal

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A 73 year-old Skegness widow and her disabled son were duped by a man claiming to be a long lost relative who may also have conned other elderly women in the town.

The man who called at the widow’s door gave the same surname as the victim. He was invited into the property and then left alone for a brief time while the lady offered him hospitality and made him a drink. When her back was turned, the man stole two purses plus other amounts of cash from the house. And now police are appealing for information following the distraction burglary at the address in Clarendon Road, Skegness, that took place at at about 2.30pm on Saturday, March 26.

DC Becky Manson from Skegness CID said, “This is a deplorable crime where the suspect has told lies to gain the trust of an elderly lady and then abused that trust by stealing from her. We don’t have a detailed description other than the offender is aged in his early fifties, approx 5’ 8” tall with short dark hair. He had no specific accent and was wearing a brown jacket. Although there are similarities between this case and other recent reports, there is no firm indication that the incidents are linked. However, we urge local people to be especially cautious with any unknown callers at the door, particularly if they are claiming to be researching family history. If in any doubt at all, do not allow them in”.

Police are investigating two incidents in Mayfield Grove, Skegness, that occurred on 25 and 29 March in which a man called at the addresses of widowed ladies claiming to be their late husbands’ son. The offender did not gain entry to the properties.

Anyone with information should contact DC Manson at Skegness Police Station on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote incident 347 of 26 March 2011.