'Despicable' theft of elderly lady's cash
POLICE are still carrying out inquiries to find a thief who stole a "substantial amount of cash" from the home of an elderly woman in a village near Launceston.
A police spokesman described as "despicable" the theft by the man who told the woman, in her nineties, that he was selling tea towels before quickly leaving the property in Lynher Way, North Hill, seven miles south west of Launceston.
Shortly afterwards, the woman discovered that a large sum of cash had been stolen from her bedroom.
The incident took place at around 2pm on Wednesday.
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The spokesman said: "The elderly, vulnerable, female resident was at home when she saw a man in the hallway of her property.
"When she confronted him he stated that he was selling tea towels and quickly left.
"The suspect is described as being a white man, medium build, approximately 5ft 8in in height, clean shaven with short fair hair.
"He was dressed in smart, dark clothing and he was carrying a small, dark bag."
The spokesman added: "This was a despicable theft from an elderly lady who is obviously very upset at what has happened.
"It should be a warning to people that they should not keep large amounts of cash in their home, but put it in the bank or building society.
"They should also not allow any unsolicited callers into their homes.
"Most reputable companies do not turn up on your doorstep without having made an appointment."
Officers are appealing for anyone who saw a man in the area at the time, or anyone who has information as to the identity of the suspect, to come forward.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference BL/13/1188, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
You can also report what you know online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org