A MAN has been arrested after a so-called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ scam in Allesley where a 95-year-old woman had her purse stolen.
The suspect knocked on the trusting pensioner’s door on August 27 around midday, offering items, such as cloths and tea towels for sale – claiming it was part of a prisoner reform scheme.
He then said he was thirsty and whilst the woman went to get him a glass of water he went in and swiped her purse.
After drinking the water he left with her cash and cards.
West Midlands Police officers spotted a man they wanted to speak to yesterday in Walsgrave Road.
He tried to run off but officers caught him in a back garden.
The 42-year-old has now been charged with burglary and is due in court this afternoon.
Police say they are also really keen to hear from any residents who may have experienced this type of con in recent weeks.
The scam involves the offender suggesting they’ve been released from prison and are trying to turn their life around as a salesperson offering housewares to residents.
Anyone who has encountered someone trying that scam should call police on 101 or submit the details via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk