Police Payout For Wem Burglary Victim
The 78-year-old woman was devastated when she fell victim to a distraction burglar who conned his way into her home in August.
A man called saying he had been drilling nearby and need to check her water, asking if she had any items plumbed into the water supply.
He came into the house, turning on taps and the washing machine, distracting the occupier and moving around the premises. Eventually, he left saying he had to fetch something from his van.
After a while, when he failed to return, she went upstairs and discovered £600 missing from her bedroom Further checks revealed £40 had been stolen from her purse.
One of the investigating officers, Police Constable Dave Carpenter said the victim was extremely upset over being conned by a bogus caller and at the loss of her savings.
He applied to the trustees of the West Mercia Police Community Fund, a small charity largely made up of voluntary contributions from officers and police staff.
"I'm delighted to say they approved a donation of £300," said PC Carpenter, the Local Policing Officer for Wem.
"The money has made a real difference and helped cheer her up after what was a very upsetting experience," he added.
Please note: the identity of the victim is not being disclosed for security reasons.