Impersonator burglar snatched pensioner's purse from Axminster home

PUBLISHED: 10:45 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 04 January 2018

A purse was stolen from a home near Waggs Plot, Axminster. Main image: Google Maps

A purse was stolen from a home near Waggs Plot, Axminster. Main image: Google Maps

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The offender, a male in his fifties, struck at a home near Waggs Plot.

A burglar reportedly snatched an pensioner’s purse from their home by pretending to be a contractor working on telephone lines so he could enter the property.

Police say the offender, thought to be around 50 to 55-years-old, struck at a home near Waggs Plot in Axminster last Saturday (December 30).

The man is described as white, 5ft 11” tall and of thick set build with brown greying hair.

Police say a Nissan Micra was seen acting suspiciously at the time of the offence.

A force spokesman said: “The offender gained entry to the property by purporting to be a contractor working on local telephone lines.

“We would like to remind members of public to insist on valid identification being shown by anyone who comes to their door and refuse entry if in any doubt.

“If you feel pressured, close your door and call the police.”

Anyone who can help police should call 101, quoting CR/113059/17.

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