POLICE are hunting for heartless thieves who targeted the home of a pensioner in Warrington, posing as decorators.
Sometime during the past two weeks two men visited the home of a 73-year-old man in the Kingsway south area of Warrington, claiming to be decorators.
On the first occasion the victim agreed to have his kitchen repainted and the men spent several hours in the house. Several days later the victim was visited by the same two men. This time they said that they were finishing the work, and once again they spent several hours in the home.
However, after the men had left the address for second time the victim discovered that a number of items had been stolen, including his passport and a quantity of cash.
Both of the suspects are described as white men who were wearing blue overalls. One of the men is believed to have a tattoo or birthmark on his face.
Detective Constable Neil Radley said: “Burglary, no matter who you are, is a traumatic event and should not be underestimated. In this case the offenders targeted the victim due to his vulnerabilities, with the intention of deceiving him for their own personal gain. While some decorating had taken place, the work was of an extremely poor quality.
“The victim has been left deeply distressed and betrayed by this incident and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible.
“The investigation is currently on-going and we are following a number of lines of enquiry. As part of this I would appeal to the conscience of anyone who knows the people responsible to contact us so that we can bring these offenders to justice.”
Anyone with any information in relation to the incidents is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 194 of 20/7/2017. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.