Police hunt conmen who duped couple in their eighties out of £20,000 in life savings

Police hunt conmen who dupe elders out of life savings. Credit: PA

Police have launched a hunt for conmen who duped couple in their eighties out of £20,000 in life savings by posing as gasmen.

Detectives are asking for help to catch a pair of heartless distraction burglars who stole the life savings of two elderly victims after tricking their way into their Islington home.

The suspects turned up at the house of the brother and sister - who are in their 80's - at Hillrise Mansions, Waltersville Road, Islington around 1pm on May 26 claiming to be from the gas board.

After being let in, they searched the property and managed to locate the pair's savings of £20,000, which were stored in a box, hidden at the bottom of a wardrobe in a bedroom.

This was a despicable crime carried out against vulnerable elderly siblings who trusted that these men needed to check their boiler. They are devastated and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

DC Joe Marston, Islington CID

They then made excuses and left the address with all the cash.

The suspects are described as two white men. The first is described as 5ft 6ins tall, and wearing a short-sleeved green top and black gloves.

The victims were unable to provide any further detail on the second man.

A number of enquries are ongoing.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 and ask for Islington CID or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.