Police in East Lothian are investigating an incident where bogus workmen conned an elderly woman in Musselburgh.
The workmen called at the woman’s home in Whitehill Avenue last Thursday (September 27), and charged a four-figure sum of money for work carried out on her roof.
A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said:
The workmen charged an extortionate fee to carry out work on the building, which lasted no more than a few hours.
It is suspected that they may have called at a number of addresses in the area offering to carry out similar work, and police want to hear from anyone who may have received an unsolicited call of this nature.
Likewise, we want to hear from anyone who saw the men working on the property in Whitehill Road, or anyone else with information that can assist us in identifying them.
At this time we would advise people who receives an unsolicited call from anyone offering to carry out any type of maintenance work on their property to refuse them access, and contact the police.
If you have any information please use the following contact details:
- Lothian and Borders Police – 0131 311 3131
- Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity – 0800 555 111.
Police in East Lothian are reminding local residents to keep their valuables out of sight following a number of break-ins to vehicles in Haddington, Gifford and East Gifford over the past week.
There have been eight thefts from vehicles since last Thursday (27th September) across the area, and a number of items including iPads, DVDs, money, mobile phones, and cameras were stolen.
There have also been a number of vehicles stolen in Haddington, Tranent and Ormiston during this time.
A car was stolen from an address in Gateside Avenue, Haddington on Friday evening and three motorbikes were also stolen from addresses in Duries Park and Coalgate Avenue, Tranent and Park Road, Ormiston between Thursday 27th September and Sunday 30th September.
Enquiries are ongoing into all of these crimes and anyone with any information is asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police immediately on 0131 311 3131.
In the meantime, local officers are reminding people there are simple steps that can be taken keep their property safe.
Local Police Inspector Bob Rodriguez said:
Enquiries are ongoing to determine whether these thefts are linked, however they are undoubtedly a series of opportunistic crimes that took place in residential areas where there was a high chance of the suspect being seen.
There are investigations into all of these incidents and we are appealing for anyone with any information to contact us as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I would encourage local residents in the area to visit our website for valuable crime prevention advice on how to keep your car and home safe, and to always ensure that motorcycles are kept appropriately secure and immobilised when parked and unattended.