Tayside and Central Scotland

Forth Valley police hunt crew of bogus roof workmen

Police are searching for a crew of bogus workmen who spent more than five hours pretending to fix an elderly Forth Valley couple's roof.

The four men remained at the couple's home in Carron through the afternoon of 29 October, charging a four-figure sum for the supposed maintenance work.

The man and his wife, aged 78 and 75, discovered no work had been done after the men returned the following day asking for more money.

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

The men arrived at the house at 11:00 on 29 October, and took a four-figure sum of cash from the couple having claimed that maintenance work was needed on the property's roof.

The four men entered the property and remained there until 16:30, when they were paid a further three-figure sum to supposedly finish the job before leaving.

When two of them returned the following day, the man and his wife called the police, who confirmed that no work had been done or needed to be done.

'Large sum'

The first suspect was in his 50s, and was tall and of a medium build.

The second man was in his 30s, 5ft 6in tall and was wearing a black jersey, while the third was in his mid 20s and was wearing a green gilet with a dark top underneath.

The final suspect was described as being smaller than the other men, in his 40s, with an unshaven face and was wearing ripped jeans.

Insp John Kelllet said: "The elderly couple have lost a large sum of money after agreeing to repair work, which was not required, nor was it undertaken.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who can help us identify these men who clearly preyed on two vulnerable members of our community and anyone who can assist with our ongoing enquiries is asked to come forward.

"The public are advised to check identification of any callers and if you are in any doubt do not let them in until their details have been verified."

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