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Bogus workmen - Theft - Newmachar, Aberdeenshire

Published 30 July 2020

Detectives in Aberdeen are appealing for information after a theft was reported in the Newmachar area.

The incident happened about 2.30pm on Thursday, 30 July, 2020 at a property on Brownhill Drive and involved a 72-year-old woman being targeted by suspected bogus workmen. As a result of being targeted, the woman had a quantity of money stolen from her bank account.

The first suspect is described as young, tall, of thin build with an Irish accent. He was wearing a black baseball cap.

The second suspect is described as of stocky build and wearing a black puffa style jacket.

It is believed that the suspects would have had access to a white van.

Detective Sergeant Scott McKay, of Aberdeen CID, said: "I am appealing to anyone who may have information relevant to the enquiry or who has CCTV, doorbell camera footage or dashcam footage to come forward as they may hold the key to identifying the individual involved. Likewise, I would appeal for anyone who has been a victim of this type of incident to contact Police Scotland.

"These type of criminals prey on the elderly and vulnerable and I urge communities to remain vigilant and to make sure that they look out for any vulnerable persons in their communities. If workmen come to your address offering services and you are not certain of whether or not they are legitimate or you don’t want their services please say no and report them to police as soon as possible. If in doubt, shut them out."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 1900 of 30 July or, if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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