An 84-year-old Dundee army veteran was targeted by a thief who invaded his home and stole his wallet.
Vulnerable John Duncan, who suffers from Huntington’s Disease, had nearly £100 taken from his Maryfield flat as well as important medication in the 9am raid.
Huntington’s disease is an inherited disorder which causes gradual loss of function in the brain, affecting movement, judgement and behaviour.
The thief convinced the great-great-grandad he was his carer, who arrives at that time in the morning to help him shave.
He used the pensioner’s name and told John he had “come to help”.
But within minutes of letting him in, the retired postman realised the intruder was rummaging through his belongings.
John told the thief to get out, but before he left the raider also nabbed John’s shaving equipment from out his own hands.
His family are still in shock.
Daughter Irene Robertson, 60, said: “You do not expect something like this to happen in the daytime.
“It’s shameful. Thankfully he was not hurt, but it’s very frightening.
“Dad thought it was his carer coming to help him shave, that’s why he let him in. We think the thief knew dad’s routine.”
John, who served 12 years in the Royal Army Service Corps in Malta and post-war Germany, is housebound and has limited movements. He recently had a cataract operation and could only describe the intruder as a “young man”.
Daughter Carol Simpson branded the thief a “scumbag”.
The 51-year-old cleaner said: “He picked on an old, vulnerable man in his own house.
“Dad is very distressed, we all are.
“And there have been a few other incidents like this in this area lately.
“It’s a big worry that someone round here would take advantage of dad like this. He didn’t get hurt, but the next victim might not be so lucky.”
The warden of John’s housing block called the police moments after the thief got away.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland Tayside Division said: “Tayside Division can confirm they are investigating the theft of a wallet from an address in the Maryfield area at 9.30am on Tuesday, August 13.
“Anyone who knows who is responsible should contact Police Scotland on 101.”