AN 89-YEAR-OLD LOSSIEMOUTH WOMAN has become a victim of a heartless thief after she was robbed of a four-figure sum in her own home.
Police say that the theft happened in the Prospect Terrace area of the Moray town at around 12pm yesterday (Monday).
A man described as being aged between 50 and 55 went to the woman’s home to carry out gardening work – with a sum agreed, the woman paid him. However, when the man left the property she found that a large sum of cash had been taken.
Described as being around 5feet 5inches tall with short dark hair and a large protruding tummy, the man was wearing a blue striped long-sleeve shirt and light trousers. He is described as having a pleasant manner with no strong accent, and appeared to be on foot but may have had a white van parked close by.
Inspector Grant McCutcheon said: “This is a despicable crime which has been carried out on an elderly and vulnerable member of the community.
“We are urgently appealing to those who live in the neighbourhood and surrounding areas and may have seen a man matching this description to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
“We would also urge members of the community to please be aware of anything concerning or suspicious. If you see vehicles or people you do not recognise and do not know the reason for them being there – contact the police. Let us decide whether there is an element of criminality.
“If someone you do not know comes to your door always ask for identification and don’t be afraid of asking questions.
“It is important to pass on advice to friends, neighbours or family members who may be more likely to be targeted and provide them with the information and confidence to say no. In an emergency always dial 999.”
David Owen, Principal Trading Standards Officer, Moray Council, added: “Moray Council Trading Standards always advise people not to agree to work from anyone who cold calls at your door.
“If you are keen to have work done to your house or garden, be very careful when responding to leaflets through the door or adverts online or through Facebook. Rogue traders are known to hide their true identities behind false trade names and mobile numbers.
“We always advise that customers get three quotes for traders on the basis of recommendations from trusted friends and family.
“Neighbours can also be a valuable aid as they can contact the relevant authorities if they are worried about callers visiting the homes of vulnerable people in our communities”.
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