Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Appeal to trace bogus caller

Officers from Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a 70 year-old man was the victim of a bogus caller last Friday (September 26).

The incident happened around 6.30pm in Barrie Terrace, Ardrossan.  The elderly man answered a knock on his door and allowed entry to a woman who claimed to be a volunteer from North Ayrshire Council’s Social Work Department.  The woman managed to distract the householder during conversation and, when she left, it was discovered that a two-figure sum of money missing.

Police say the woman is white, aged approximately 35 and is around 5’9” in height with brown shoulder length hair.  In addition she had a piercing through the left side of her nose and is described as having “bad teeth”.  At the time of the incident in Barrie Terrace the woman was wearing a grey waterproof jacket and dark trousers.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Brian Shaw said, “This type of crime is carried out by cowardly individuals who have absolutely no respect for others.  It is totally unacceptable to have elderly people feeling vulnerable within their own homes.

“I would urge anyone who saw this woman or recognises her description to contact police.  There may be other people in the Ardrossan area who have been approached by this woman and haven’t yet come forward.  If you have had someone at your door recently that you were unsure of, or if an elderly relative has informed you of an incident, I would like to hear from you.

“Extra officers will be in the area to provide further assistance to the enquiry and offer public reassurance.  In addition, door to door enquiries will continue.”

Anyone who can assist with this investigation is asked to contact Police Scotland at Saltcoats on the non-emergency number 101.  Alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where information can be left on an anonymous basis.

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