Two men claiming they wanted to check the water pressure in a Saddleworth home stole money from an 83-year-old man.
At around 1.45pm on Friday 7 November 2014, two men knocked on the door of house on Carr Lane, Greenfield and said they needed to check the pressure. They were invited inside and while one of the men spoke to the man and his 87-year-old brother, the second went upstairs.
He searched rooms before taking money and coming back down. The victim noticed he was hiding something in his top and when he was confronted, the victim was pushed, causing him to fall to the floor. Both men left, running towards High Street, Uppermill.
One man is described as being white, in his late 30s/early 40s, of stocky build, 5ft 10in tall with short grey hair and clean shaven. He wore a dark jacket and spoke with a local accent.
Detective Sergeant Tim Taylor said: “These men tricked their victim, believing they were there from a utilities company. Not only did they deceive him and take his money, when he was confronted, they pushed him over. Thankfully he was not physically hurt.
“I would ask anyone who may have seen these two men in the area or you believe you have been approached by them, to contact us.
“I would like to remind the community to ask for identification before letting people into your home. Even if they do and you have your doubts about them, you do not have to let them in.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 9080 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.