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Rogue plumber cons pensioner

By The Reading Chronicle, on 1 December 2011

A man posing as a plumber visited the woman at her home in Mansfield Road, Coley, at 10am yesterday, claiming a water main had burst down the road and that he needed to check the stopcock in the outside toilet.

She left her front door ajar while she accompanied the man round to the back of the house to look at the toilet, but after he had left, she noticed her handbag - containing cash, keys, credit cards and glasses - had disappeared from her bedroom.

The conman is aged 35-40, not very tall, has brown hair, is clean shaven and wore a dark overcoat.

Detective Sergeant David Turton said: "Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area on Wednesday morning is asked to come forward.

"This man may also have been working with an accomplice."

Call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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