Thief stole from elderly woman after saying she was from church

An elderly woman was scammed by a thief saying she was from a church.

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Police are looking to trace a woman who stole money from a pensioner after gaining her trust by saying she was from a church and offering a gift.

The suspect also made an attempt to scam another elderly couple by trying to enter their home using the same tactic just hours before but she was told to leave when they became suspicious.

The incidents took place in the Craigie area of Perth on Thursday December 30.

The first house on Darnhall Drive was approached between 4 and 5pm when the woman offered an elderly couple a bottle of wine and made an attempt to enter their home.

A short while after being refused the same suspect then targeted the elderly woman and stole a quantity of money before making off.

Police are now looking to trace the woman who is described as being in her 40s with a slim build.

She was wearing a light-coloured puffer-type jacket and carrying a blue or green carrier time and the time of the theft.

A spokesman for the force said: “It is possible that this person has also attended at other doors in the area. If she has done so and you have CCTV or video doorbell footage of this person, we would particularly like to hear from you.

“If you have any information that could assist us, please call 101 or speak to any police officer.”