Police plea to help find man

Police believe this man may be able to help track down a conman.
Police believe this man may be able to help track down a conman.

Detectives want to speak to this man to help them track a man who attempted to steal from a 77-year-old woman.

They believe he may have vital information which could help them track down the suspect.

He walked into the victim’s home, on Howard Street, College Grove, claiming he was an electrician.

Then he tried to get her to go into another room supposedly to turn a light on.

Luckily, the woman, who had her handbag by her side, realised he could be a thief.

She told him she had not called for an electrician and questioned his lack of identification. He went into another room but then left empty handed.

Det Insp Paul Harrison, of Wakefield CID, said: “A common tactic of bogus burglars is to target elderly people who they see as vulnerable and to gain entry to the house by pretending to be from the gas board, water board or an electricity company.

“They then try tricks like asking you to turn a tap or a light on. When your back is turned they the steal your treasured possessions.

“People should always ask visitors who say they are from the water board, gas board or electricity companies for identification.”

The incident happened between 5.30pm and 6pm on Wednesday, March 14.

The man pictured is described as white and in his late 20s or early 30s.

He is around 5ft 5ins tall, of average build and has a local accent.

Anyone with information should call Wakefield CID on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.