Staffordshire Police are warning residents in Burton-on-Trent to beware of bogus workmen. It's after a pensioner in the area was conned at his home address.
Three men approached the 80-yr-old at his home in Burton Street in Tutbury, just after 1pm last Friday (3rd June). The men told him there was water leaking into his roof and they could repair it.
It's believed the workmen were at a neighbouring address and said they were working there too, which made them appear legitimate.
Pressure was put on the man to agree to the work and go to the bank to get the money needed to pay for it. The pensioner then went alone to his bank to get the money, but on the return to his parked car one of the workmen was waiting there for him.
The cash was then taken from him before one of the bogus workmen told the man to go and get more money from the bank to pay for tool hire.
When he went back to the bank to withdraw more money, the staff intervened as they were suspicious of the pensioner’s actions and called the police. When the police went to the man’s car, the offender had gone.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. The men were in a white Ford Transit van with blue writing on the side.
One offender is described as a white man with an Irish accent, in his early 30’s, around 5ft 9 inches tall and was wearing a cap at the time.