RESIDENTS in Viables are "shocked" after hearing the news that a 94-year-old was burgled by a man posing as a police officer.

The man shone a torch in his windows on Wednesday night, showing him a badge before the pensioner let him in, believing he was a police officer.

He stole three wallets, cash and his expired licence.

Reacting to the news on Friday afternoon, residents in Morley Road said that they were "shocked".

"This is unusual for this area," one resident told the Gazette, explaining that there is never any crime in her area.

Another man, who was completely unaware of the incident, was taken aback when a reporter told him about the news.

"I didn't hear anything," he said.

A third added: "I don't even know anyone of that age on this road."

When the Gazette went to the area to speak to local residents on Friday afternoon, two Police Community Support Officers were canvassing the area.

Following the incident, Hampshire Constabulary are asking neighbours to be on their guard and to look out for vulnerable people. 

In a statement, a spokesman said: "Once inside, the suspect went upstairs and began searching through rooms. He left when the resident said he was going to call the police.

"Once he had gone, the resident realised three wallets containing cash, cards and an expired driving licence, had been stolen. 

"One of the wallets also contained a treasured photograph of the resident’s recently deceased partner, which was deeply distressing for him."

The man is described as being white, 40-50 years old, well built and wearing a black winter-type coat. 

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: "Did you see anything suspicious or did you have someone matching this description knocking on your door?

"We are very keen to hear from anyone who might have CCTV or dash cam footage, or who may find the discarded wallets. Two were of brown leather and the third was black leather."

Police advice to Basingstoke residents

Always be on your guard when anyone you’re not expecting - a man, woman or even a child - turns up at your door. An honest face or good story can hide a trick to get into your home. 

• LOCK - Keep your front and back doors locked even when you are at home. 
• STOP - Before you answer, stop and think whether you are expecting anyone. Check you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a spy hole or window to see who the caller is. 
• CHAIN - If you decide to open the door, put the chain or door bar on first, if you have one. 
• CHECK - Look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their organisation name or logo. Even if the caller has a pre-arranged appointment with you, check their identification card carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, call the company concerned to verify their representative’s identity. Don’t call the number on the card they give you, look it up independently.

A spokesman said: "If you think a bogus caller has been to your home, call the police immediately on 999. 

"If you have any information about this crime, please call 101, quoting reference 44190352495."