Con artist poses as water company worker to trick pensioner out of £20,000


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A con artist posing as a water company worker has stolen £20,000 in cash from a 91-year-old man who he tricked his way into his house.

Police have released an e-fit image of the man who targeted the pensioner at his home in Redwing Court, Southsea, Hampshire, on April 16.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "The 91-year-old victim answered his door to a man who claimed to be from a water company and said the water supply was contaminated.

"The victim let the man into the address and accompanied him to the bathroom to test the water.

"While the victim was distracted, another man entered the property and stole up to £20,000 in cash."

e-fit inage of the man
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The e-fit image is of the first man, who is described as white, in his 30s, about 5ft 10ins and slim.

He had dark hair and spoke with what could have been an Irish accent.