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Bogus salesman scam sees £1,500 stolen from 90-year-old woman in Taunton

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: July 04, 2012

Police believe this e-fit image bears a likeness to a man involved in the theft of £1,500 from an elderly woman's home in Taunton

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Police are searching for a man who posed as salesman as part of a scam to steal more than £1,500 from a 90-year-old woman in Taunton.

Avon and Somerset Police have released an e-fit image of a man who they believe was involved in the theft from the victim's home in the Staplegrove area of the town.

Officers say the man told the elderly woman he was selling double glazing windows.

A police spokesman said: "While he kept her talking, a second person went in the back door and stole a building society book and the cash from an upstairs bedroom."

Police say that two men were seen in the area going house to house on Wednesday, June 27, at around 6pm.

The man pictured is in his early 20s, of average build, with a stud in his left ear. He was wearing a black jacket, a tan-coloured shirt and dark trousers. He was carrying a black clipboard.

He was seen with a second man who was also in his early 20s, and described as skinny with a pale face and possibly ginger hair. He was wearing a white baseball cap, blue traksuit bottoms and a white T-shirt.

Police want to hear from anyone in the Taunton area who has been approached by door-to-door salesmen, or anyone with information. Call 101.

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