Alert as Cumbernauld OAPs conned by crooks

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two heartless thieves conned an OAP couple and stole a four-figure sum from their home.

The incident took place in Condorrat on Monday, August 8.

The two males had conned the elderly couple by offering to carryout repair works on the home and gained access to the property.

However, no work was carried out and the couple then later realised that the money was missing.

Descriptions of the men were given to the police with the first suspect being described as medium build, in his mid-40s, around 5ft 8, with very short brown/greying hair and a small beard, wearing a white t-shirt with a blue design on chest, and the second man as aged around 18-19 years, clean shaven, 5ft 6, medium build with short dark hair wearing a dark coloured hooded anorak.

This incident marks yet another case of elderly or vulnerable people in the community being conned by bogus callers and has yet again forced police to issue a further warning to residents.

Crime reduction officer for the area, PC Kay Elliot, said, “I advise anyone not to hand over any cash payment until they are genuinely satisfied with the work carried out. Reputable tradesmen and firms do not ask for cash up front for materials and don’t tend to be ambiguous with their quotes or offer to run people to the bank in order to withdraw cash for payment.”

Cumbernauld Police are appealing for any witnesses or people with info relating to this crime to contact them on 01236 503900 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.