POLICE are hunting two men who pick-pocketed a pensioner in his own home.
The offenders struck at their elderly victims' home in Northwich on Tuesday as he was watching the American crisis unfolding on television.
"They conned me really," the 89-year-old, who did not want to be named, told the Chronicle.
"A man came to the door and told me he was a friend of somebody I knew, and that he thought somebody was trying to break in to my house upstairs.
"He shook my hand and asked me to make him a cup of tea. I said no, but then his accomplice appeared at the door and told me to go upstairs and see if anybody was trying to steal my money.
"I refused and told them I didn¹t keep any money up there. Obviously they wanted to search through my things while I was upstairs.
"Until then I thought things were a bit strange, but then I really started getting suspicious.
"They stood on either side of me and one of them gave a push while the other ran around the other side of me before running out. It wasn't until about 10 minutes later that I realised they had stolen my wallet, containing £25, from my pocket."
The victim was not hurt but he said he feels cross with himself for being tricked.
"I am annoyed with myself for being taken in by them, but fortunately I am not a nervous person so I haven¹t lost a lot of sleep. But it has made me a bit more safety conscious."
The incident took place at 5.20pm in St Helen's Road. Both offenders are described as white men in their late 20s.
Both were about 5ft 10ins tall, with dark hair and were wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information should contact Northwich Police Station on 48000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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