Bogus workmen steal thousands from Lothian pensioner

BOGUS workmen in West Lothian are being hunted by police after an elderly woman was defrauded of several thousands of pounds.

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016, 4:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 2:11 pm
Three men are being hunted over the incident.
Three men are being hunted over the incident.

The 71 year-old, who lives in Whitburn, is understood to have given the three men money, each time they visited her property between Thursday April 21 and Friday April 29 - after convincing her she required maintenance work carried out on her roof.

When a neighbour became suspicious of the men on Friday, they checked the pensioner’s loft area, and discovered no work had been carried out.

Police Scotland are now asking anyone who can assist with this investigation to come forward.

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Detective Constable Debbie Trotter said: “Our communities are reminded never to let unsolicited callers into your home unless you are absolutely certain they are genuine.

“Always ask for appropriate identification and if you are not satisfied with who they claim to be do not allow them entry and contact police immediately.”

The first suspect is described as white, in his thirties with a scruffy appearance.

He is said to have an average build and short brown but greying curly hair.

The second suspect is also described as white and in his thirties, but with short dark and greasy hair, with a middle parting.

The third is described as white, in his forties, a slim build and short dark curly hair with glasses.

All of the suspects travelled in a white van with ladders on the roof.

Anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101.