A Diss pensioner has told of her anger after two men tried to take her mobility scooter after posing as undercover police officers.
Audrey Storey, 89, of Church Street, visited the Aldi store in the town for water one afternoon earlier this month using her scooter, which cost about £1,200.
Mrs Storey has been using the scooter for about a month, as she is gradually losing the use of her legs.
“I started to come back and there were two chaps, about in their 20s,” she explained.
“One of them says ‘excuse me madam, I have to confiscate your cart’. He said ‘I am a policeman and I’m undercover’.
Luckily for Mrs Storey, the incident didn’t turn sour, with the mean leaving after she refused to hand over her property — but she said it makes her “angry” that some criminals are attempting to scam the elderly and more vulnerable of society.
“Another old lady in that situation might think ‘well, I should probably give it over to them’,” she explained. “Luckily, my brain is the best bit of me.
“I took it as a joke which maybe was the best way to look at it.
“If they would have got a couple of hundred for my scooter, that would be a lot to them.”
She believes the formation of a club or group, of people in a similar situations, could help keep others informed.
A spokesperson for Norfolk Police told the Diss Express: “I can confirm the incident was reported to police on Friday, August 14.
“The caller said she had been at a local supermarket on her mobility scooter when she was approached by two people claiming to be plain-clothes police officers who said they would confiscate her mobility scooter.
“The woman challenged the men over their claimed identities at which point they laughed and walked off. The woman was visited at home and given reassurance.”