Bogus caller at the Vennel, Linlithgow

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man posing as a plumber stole a four-figure cash sum from a Vennel resident.

The 63-year-old was at his Linlithgow home on Wednesday when a man called around noon saying he was a plumber working on a neighbouring property. He asked if he could get into the kitchen to shut off the water supply and he was allowed inside and duped the house- holder into checking the water supply.

However, on becoming suspicious, the householder left the kitchen and discovered the cash was stolen.

The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, 5ft 10ins, with average build, broad shoulders and short dark hair. He was wearing a black knee-length jacket, black shoes and spoke with a local accent.

A police spokesman said: “The victim has been left devastated at the theft of his money and we are keen to speak to anyone who can assist us in identifying the man responsible. Anyone who was in or around The Vennel at midday on Wednesday and saw the suspect, or who was also approached by him is asked to contact police immediately on 0131 311 3131.