Bogus caller info plea in Bathgate

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Lothian and Borders Police is appealing for information following a bogus caller incident in West Lothian.

The incident happened sometime between 9.30am and 11am on Friday, March 9,at an address in Muir Road, Bathgate.

An 89-year-old woman was within her home when a man called at the door offering to do guttering work.

The woman declined but allowed the man entry to the property so that she could take his number for any future work she required.

After leaving the man unattended for a brief time, the woman returned to find he had left.

She later contacted police when she realised her bank cards and chequebook had been stolen.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, between 25-35-years-old, around 5ft 10ins tall with an average build, short brown hair and a clean-shaven complexion.

He was wearing a smart dark-coloured jacket, smart trousers, black dress shoes and spoke with a local accent.

A police spokesman said: “The man’s appearance and demeanour gave the convincing impression that he was a professional businessman, helping him to gain entry to the property.

“Officers are now asking anyone who believes they saw the male in the area to contact police immediately.

“Our communities are reminded never to allow anyone into their property unless entirely certain of their identity.

“If you have any concerns about a caller, contact the company they claim to represent and if you are still not satisfied, phone the police.”

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

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