RESIDENTS are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of ‘rogue trader’ offences saw one elderly woman have £17,000 stolen.
Police in Bromyard have warned people after the victim, in her 80s, was approached by a workman in a blue van about some maintenance work to her house on Friday, July 31, at Linton Park.
After the work was completed the woman invited him inside and got £1,500 from a tin she keeps in a bedroom and gave it to the worker.
On Tuesday, August 4, an unknown man in a white van attended the victim’s address and asked if she wanted any fascia boards. She refused but the worker, who knew the woman’s name, got a ladder out and inspected the roof.
And on Thursday (August 6), the elderly woman realised the tin where she keeps her money was unlocked and about £17,000 had been taken.
Another incident occurred between Tuesday, July 28, and Friday, July 31, on Worcester Road in Bromyard when a man in his late 70s was offered work to his home.
A fee was agreed and the work was paid for, however the workman drove the elderly victim to the bank numerous times and the amount paid was significantly more than agreed.
It is believed the offender took advantage of the man’s mental health and frailty.
Police would like to speak to two men in connection with the incident. One is believe to be called Joe, is white with an Irish accent, in his 20s, 5ft 8ins and has dark hair.
The second man is thought to be called Peter, in his 30s, 5ft 6ins, large build, bald head with a Midlands accent.
There was a passenger with him who was a white man, had an Irish accent, 5ft 8ins, short to medium length dark hair and was clean shaven.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police are urging residents to not accept maintenance work from somebody they do not know and not to keep large amounts of money in their homes”