Police are appealing for witnesses after £6,000 was stolen from an elderly man in Stourport. In particular, they would like to hear from anyone going home from school at the time, as the theft took place at around 3.30pm.
Detective Constable Jake Wright has also warned people to beware of rogue traders.
School had just ended so there were a lot of children and teenagers about and we would like to hear from anyone who saw this man run off or get into another vehicle.
Inquiries into this incident are continuing but it appears to be a form of doorstep crime. We would like to remind people, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable, to beware of rogue traders, who offer to carry out maintenance work but do a very poor job and charge extremely inflated prices.
It is also important they do not open the door if they are not expecting or do not recognise the person. If they do open the door, secure the door bar or chain first and check the caller's identity carefully. If in doubt, keep them out.
Police are appealing for witnesses after £6,000 was been stolen from an elderly man in Stourport.
The victim in his 70s answered the door on Friday October 4, to a man claiming to be from trading standards. He asked about work previously carried out on the house and garden in Brindley Street, which had cost £6,000.
The man left, and the victim then spoke to someone on the telephone, again claiming to be from trading standards, enquiring about the money. The victim was told there was an ongoing court case regarding the work that had been done, and he would need to bring £6,000 to the court.
At around 3.30pm, the man who had knocked on the earlier got into the victim’s car with him. He grabbed the money and ran off up Bishop Street.
West Mercia Police are appealing for information from anyone may have seen the man, who is described as white, about 5 foot 10 inches tall, of plump, stocky build, with short fair hair. He was wearing casual clothes.