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Elderly man in Acomb conned out of thousands

Elderly man in Acomb conned out of thousands

1:37pm 8th June 2010
(Updated 6:07pm 8th June 2010)

Bogus callers are in operation again in York.

An elderly man in his seventies in Acomb has been conned out of thousands of pounds when a man claiming to be from a firm fixing his roof turning up at his door demanding payment.

He handed over cash, later realising he wasn't from the repair company.

Police say there's two suspects in this fraud.

The first man visited the house on Wednesday 26th May 2010, is described as being white, 45 to 50-years-old, 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall and being fairly well built. He had a slight tan and was unshaven with short to medium length dark hair. 

The second man, who visited the house on Friday 28th May 2010, is white, around 50-years-old and approximately 5ft 11in tall with a slim build.  He was clean shaven and had dark hair short which was brushed backwards. False teeth showed when he smiled.

PC Antony Smith, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This heartless theft of money from an elderly man is shocking and despicable.  If anyone knows who has carried out this deplorable crime I would urge them to contact me at their earliest opportunity.

"I would also like to ask people to be cautious when they are handing over money.  Even if it is a payment they are expecting to make, ensure that the person they are giving the money to has the right identification.  If there is any doubt, please check that they are who they say they are."

Anyone has any information about the men who committed this offence or can help progress the investigation is asked to contact PC Antony Smith, of York's Safer Neighbourhood team on 0845 6060247 quoting reference number 12100084941.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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