Bogus gardener who targeted 78-year-old sought

Bogus caller being hunted by police.Picture: Ian Georgeson

Bogus caller being hunted by police.Picture: Ian Georgeson

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A bogus gardener who has tried to gain access to homes Drylaw and Craigleith is being sought by police.

The most recent incident happened yesterday around 10.30am.

He tried to gain access to the home of a 78-year-old in Queens Road after offering to carry out gardening work.

The offer was repeatedly declined, however the suspect managed to gain entry to the house where he was later disturbed and fled the scene empty handed.

The other incidents happened the previous day in the Drylaw area in Easter Drylaw Avenue and Easter Drylaw Gardens.

The residents who were approached declined the offer, however during one attempt the suspect falsely told the victim that their gardening work, which is carried out by the council, had been withdrawn.

A further incident happened around 3.15pm at West Pilton Drive.

The suspect is described as white, late-thirties or early-forties, around 5ft 10inches, tall, slim build, short dark hair, of tidy appearance with an Irish accent. He was wearing a white sweatshirt with navy horizontal stripes, navy coloured jeans, carrying a dark brown shoulder bag.

Detective Constable Ben Leathes from Operation Aristotle, which tackles bogus callers in the Capital said: “The elderly victim has been left very upset that the man had entered her home.

“Bogus workmen target vulnerable members of our community and utilise various methods of deception to do so.

“Members of the public are reminded never to allow a caller into their home unless entirely certain of their identity. If you have any doubts, do not let them in and contact police immediately.