Bogus salesman steals cash from pensioner, 79

A PENSIONER discovered cash was missing from his home after a man knocked on his door asking if he wanted to buy cleaning products.

The man offered tea towels and other items to the 79-year-old man, who lives on Ecclesbourne Close, Duffield, on Saturday, May 7, at about 11.30am.

The pensioner said he would buy some of the items and went off to fetch his wallet.

But when he returned the salesman asked for a glass of water and the man went to get him a drink.

As the victim got back to the front door he found the man rifling through his wallet. He challenged him and got back the cash that had been taken.

However, after the man had fled down nearby New Zealand Street, the pensioner discovered an undisclosed amount of cash missing from the pocket of a coat hanging up near the front door.

The bogus salesman is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, with light brown or blonde hair and about 5ft 3in tall.

He was wearing a dark blue jacket and dark blue tracksuit bottoms.

Police are advising residents to be vigilant when answering the door to someone they don’t recognise.

If the visitor does not have any identification with them, or if residents have any cause for concern, they should call police on 0345 123 3333.

Anyone with any information on the distraction theft can call the same number.

Alternatively, they can ring the confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.