POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man gained entry to an elderly woman’s property and stole her purse after posing as a council worker.
Between 12:10pm and 12:30pm on Tuesday 19 November, the offence took place at a property along Benbow Crescent in the Rossmore area of Poole.
The victim, a woman in her 80s was told he had come to check the pipes but he had left his identity card in his van. The victim initially refused the offender entry, but he was later allowed into her kitchen.
Having gained entry, he went into her lounge without her permission before leaving. It was later discovered that a purse containing bank cards and a small amount of cash had gone missing.
Police Constable Paul Diffey, of Poole police, said: “Despite the occupant’s best efforts to check the suspect’s identity he was very persistent. He only left when she threatened to call the police.
“I am now in the position to release an e-fit of the offender.
“I would urge the man pictured – and anyone who recognises him – to contact Dorset Police.
“It was fortunate that the occupant was not injured but this has been a distressing ordeal for her.
“I would like to remind all residents not to allow entry to anyone unless they display a valid identity card.
“Anyone with concerns is also encouraged to check if unexpected visits are genuine. Legitimate companies and organisations are always happy to confirm whether one of their representatives is at a location for a genuine reason.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 19:171.