A ‘distraction’ burglar’s e-fit is being released by police in the hope someone will recognise him, following the theft of just £50 from an elderly Swinton couple.
The incident took place at the home of a 78-year-old on Moss Lane at around 10.15am on July 3.
The conman posed as an inspector checking for flood risks – but stole money when the couple had their backs turned.
Police Constable Ian McCaffrey said: “Luckily, we have a good description of the offender and this has enabled us to create a very good likeness.
“I would ask that people study this image carefully and if you recognise this man or you think you spot him in your community, please call us immediately.”
The offender is alleged to have approached the victims’ house claiming the need to check the area for flood risks and to check the water pressure of their home.
Once gaining access, the man was shown to the kitchen where he asked the old man’s wife to turn on the taps.
Around 10 minutes later, the man left the house and this was the point at which the victims noticed £50 cash was missing.
An e-fit has now been released by Police, who are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Police Constable McCaffrey added: “Once again we are talking about the utter cynicism of one individual who is prepared to trick an elderly couple just to get his hands on a pretty measly amount of money,”
"Genuine employees of gas, electric or water companies will always carry legitimate identification and will be happy for homeowners to check these credentials with their employer. If someone cold calls at your house, then please do not give them access to your home until you are 100 percent confident they are who they say they are."
Anyone with information should call police in Salford on 0161 856 5353 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.