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Alert message sent 06/02/2019 13:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses and warning the public to be on their guard following a bogus caller incident in Clydebank which took place on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
At 1245 hours on Tuesday 5 February 2019, a man attended the home address of a 67 year-old man in Whin Street, Clydebank.
After gaining access to the property on the pretence of carrying out gardening work, the suspect is alleged to have stolen a 4 figure sum of money from the man’s home before making off in an unknown direction.  
The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, around 5 foot 9” tall, stocky build with brown hair and a full beard. At the time of the incident the man was described as wearing an orange high visibility jacket and high visibility trousers.  
Detective Inspector Ogilvie Ross from Clydebank CID, said today: “This sickening individual has preyed on a vulnerable man.  This crime was reported to us yesterday but I understand that the suspect may have been in the Clydebank area over the past week and he has knocked on doors offering gardening services such as cutting hedges. There may be other people in the Clydebank area who have been approached by this man or who have seen a man fitting this description and I would appeal to them to come forward to police. 
“If you have had someone at your door recently that you were unsure of, or if a relative has informed you of an incident, we would also like to hear from you.”
Anyone who can assist with this police investigation is asked to contact Police Scotland officers at Dumbarton CID on 101 quoting incident number 1542 of 5 February 2019. Alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.  
Police Scotland would like to remind anyone, and particularly older and more vulnerable members of our communities that if anyone comes to your door, always ask for identification. Always close and lock your door while you contact the company in order to check that they are genuine, before allowing anyone access to your home. If in doubt - contact the police. Always use a door chain to ensure they cannot gain entry until you are satisfied with their identity.

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Tracy Melvin (Police, Constable, Dumbarton Police Office)

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