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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Carlisle couple’s cash stolen by 'thin and dirty' conman

A conman tricked his way into the home of an elderly Carlisle couple and stole money.

The thief was posing as a workman, saying he was checking water systems.

Police said he knocked on the door and introduced himself. Once allowed inside he distracted the occupant and stole a small amount of money from the living room.

The offender is described as small, thin and dirty, over 18 years old, wearing dark clothing and a hat.

Officers want to hear from anyone who may have had a similar caller, or seen anyone acting suspiciously in the Richardson Street area of Denton Holme at about 4.30pm on Friday.

They are urging residents across the city to beware of cold callers and not let into their property without first checking who they are.

Police stress that you should always ask for identification, call the company to check the person is who they say they are, and if in doubt, just close the door and contact the police.

Anyone with information about this incident, or to report anyone acting suspiciously, call police on 101.

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