Dec 29 2011 by Marjorie Kerr, West Lothian Courier
A CALLOUS conman has tricked a householder out of cash in a bogus worker scam.
The 63-year-old resident was in his home at The Vennel, Linlithgow, last Wednesday (December 21) when a man called at his door at around noon claiming to be a plumber working on a neighbouring property.
The man then asked for access to the resident’s kitchen to shut off the water supply and was allowed inside.
Both men made their way to the kitchen where the suspect turned on the taps and asked the man to monitor the water flow before leaving.
After a short time, the man became suspicious and left the kitchen to find a four-figure sum of money had been stolen.
Police are now urging anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to come forward.
The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, five feet 10 with an average build, broad shoulders and short dark hair.
He was wearing a black knee-length jacket, black shoes and spoke with a local accent.
A police spokesman said: “The victim has been left devastated at the theft of his money and we are keen to speak to anyone who can assist us in identifying the man responsible.
“We would again remind the public to never allow anyone access unless entirely certain of their identity and intentions.
“Genuine utility workers carry photographic ID and are happy to produce this upon request.”
Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.