York & North Yorkshire

Bogus official in York steals man's life savings

A thief posing as a gas engineer has robbed an 86-year-old York man of his life savings.

The incident is the fourth in just over a week in North Yorkshire involving bogus officials targeting people in their 80s, police have warned.

On Thursday, a man claiming to be fixing a gas leak called at the man's home in Field View and stole "a large amount of cash".

Det Con Fionna McEwan, of York CID, said: "This is a despicable crime."

'Must be stopped'

She said: "I urge anyone who saw anything suspicious, any callers on foot or any vehicles to contact us urgently.

"These people must be stopped in their tracks."

The suspect is described as white, in his early 20s, with brown hair and was wearing a blue jumper and dark blue trousers.

North Yorkshire Police said the day before three men claiming to be water company officials entered the homes of an 84-year-old woman and her neighbour in Welburn, near Malton. They left empty-handed.

On 16 September, two men went to the home of an 82-year-old woman in Carlton Miniott, near Thirsk, claiming to be fixing a burst pipe. They stole some small household items after searching upstairs.

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