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£6k stolen from elderly man in Stourport
11:01am Monday 14th October 2013 in Local
SIX thousand pounds was stolen from an elderly man in Stourport by thieves posing as trading standards.
The incident happened in Brindley Street on Friday, October 4.
At about 2pm the victim, who is in his 70s, answered the door to a man claiming to be from trading standards asking about work carried out on the house and garden almost a year ago, which had cost £6,000.
The man left but a few minutes later the victim was telephoned by someone again claiming to be from trading standards who said there was a court case ongoing in relation to the work which had been done and asked him to get another £6,000 to bring to the court.
The man who had knocked on the door earlier then returned at about 3.30pm and got into the victim’s car with him.
He then grabbed the money, got out of the vehicle and ran off up Bishop Street.
The offender is described as a white man, about 5ft 10ins tall, of plump, stocky build, with short fair hair, and wearing casual clothing.
Detective constable Jake Wright of West Mercia Police said: “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.
“Neighbours can help by keeping an eye on people calling door to door or behaving suspiciously, and noting the registration number of any vehicle being used.”
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact DC Wright on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 484-s-041013 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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