RESIDENTS are being warned to be vigilant after a man claiming to be from social services duped his way into a house.
At 11.55am on Thursday, September 27, police were informed the man had called at an address in Holly Avenue, Wallsend, between noon and 2pm on Wednesday and told the occupant he was from Social Services. The occupant let the man in and after he left discovered cash had been stolen from him.
Enquiries were carried out with the local authority and it was established the caller was not from Social Services.
He is described as being aged in his 40s to 50s, slim build, brown hair and wearing grey trousers. He appeared to be wearing a badge with the words Social Services on.
Detective Sergeant Alan Godfrey, of North Tyneside area command, said: “This man is clearly not who he has claimed to be and has used a false identity to be invited into someone’s house and steal from them.
“We would like to remind people to be vigilant to anyone who knocks on their door unannounced, any genuine callers will not mind waiting while their identification is verified or being asked to come back another time when the occupant has someone with them.
“If anyone has any elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends we’d urge them to give them suitable advice and remind them to be cautious if people turn up at their house unannounced.
“Anyone who was in Holly Avenue on Wednesday and saw anyone acting suspiciously or if a man knocked on their door in similar circumstances we’d urge them to contact us.”
Another report of a bogus official was received yesterday when a man called at an address in Thames Garden, in Wallsend, again in the afternoon on Wednesday, and claimed to be a police officer.
He was not let into the house and nothing was stolen in the incident.
Enquiries are being carried out in order to establish whether the incidents are linked.
Anyone with any information can call police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.