Con artists target OAP in bag burglary

Eileen Haines (r), 84, of Toll Bar, sits with her daughter Lynne, after Eileen was a victim of a distraction burglary at her home, were her handbag was stolen. Picture: Andrew Roe
Eileen Haines (r), 84, of Toll Bar, sits with her daughter Lynne, after Eileen was a victim of a distraction burglary at her home, were her handbag was stolen. Picture: Andrew Roe

A PARTIALLY blind pensioner is fearful of staying in her own home after being the victim of a conman scam.

Eileen Haines, 84, was tricked into letting the con artist, who claimed to be selling goods to raise money for the elderly and disabled, into her home after he showed ID.

Her then stole her handbag containing £230, a photograph of her late husband Emys who died in 1995, and other vital items such as glasses and artiritis gloves.

Now Mrs Haines, of Toll Bar, is too scared to answer the door in case it is the thief who it is is believed has been targeting homes in the area.

Her daughter Lynne, 59, said: “She was very upset and is constantly worried that they might come back.

“It’s hard for me to see her in such a state, we’ve had to cancel all of her bank cards and everything.

“She’s devastated about what has happened but mostly that they took her photo of my dad, it’s sentimental value that can never be replaced.”

The man called at her bungalow in broad daylight. A short time after being let inside he told Mrs Haines he heard somebody knocking at the door. Saying it would be his colleague, he told her to go tell him that he had ‘made the sale’.

After she spoke to the other man, the thief left. She later discovered her handbag was missing from the living room.

Detectives have launched an investigation. People are urged to not let cold callers into their home.

Insp Amanda Hunter said: “In this case the men did show identifcation to the woman, but I would still urge residents to be cautious when letting unknown callers into their homes, even if they have identification.”

The incident happened at about 11.30am on January 31.