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OAPs warned of woman burglar targeting their homes
9:10am Sunday 24th February 2013 in News
WARNINGS are being sent out to elderly people in Southampton about a female burglar tricking her way into people’s homes.
The news comes after a young woman duped her way into a vulnerable 76-year-old widow’s home in Thornhill and took a purse after claiming to have lost her cat.
The trickster claimed to feel faint, and the victim invited her into her Pepys Avenue house and offered her a drink.
While the drink was being prepared, the caller took a black purse containing cash and a sentimental silver St Christopher medal which belonged to the widow’s husband from a handbag.
The purse zip has a distinctive wine glass charm.
This incident took place on Wednesday afternoon but it is believed the same woman attempted to dupe two other residents nearby, claiming to need a phone to get help for a sick relative and to have lost a dog.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Lee Murden at Bitterne CID on 101.