A BOGUS caller stole more than £700 from a pensioner after getting into her home by claiming he needed to check the gas supply.

The theft took place on Friday, February 28, at about 6.20pm, at a house in Maltby Street, North Ormesby.

The elderly man was at the rear of his home when a man claiming to be from the gas board knocked on the back door and said he had come to check the gas supply.

The pensioner went to check the meter while the bogus caller went upstairs and searched rooms before stealing the money.

He was 5ft 6in, stocky, and had a plump face. He was in his early thirties and had an Irish accent.

He was wearing a dark coloured beret and a three-quarter length jacket.

Detective Constable John Maclean, who is investigating the incident, said: "Once again, I cannot stress how important it is to check the identity of any caller, and if in doubt, ring the company to check they are working in the area.

"Luckily this man was not hurt in this particular incident, but we are hoping that by making this appeal, we will be able to identify the person responsible."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Maclean on (01642) 303126.