Bogus roofers rob thousands of pounds from distressed Scots pensioner

A vulnerable Scots pensioner has been left “distressed” after being robbed of thousands of pounds by bogus roofers.

The 79-year-old handed over the four-figure sum of cash when the two men called at her Paisley home at around 4pm yesterday (Wednesday, August 12).

They were offering to carry out repairs to her roof but disappeared without doing the work.

Police are now appealing for for witnesses to come forward and believe the men had been offering to do work across the area.

Anyone with dashcam footage from the time of the incident is also asked to get in touch.

The suspects are both described as white with one being between 45 to 50 years of age, short, of a heavy build and dark hair, and facial stubble.

The other was approximately 25 years old, light fair hair and had a Scottish accent

Detective Constable Dougie McFarlane, from Paisley CID, said: “The lady involved has been left very distressed by what has happened.

“She took these men at their word but they didn’t carry out their side of the deal.

“From our enquiries so far, we know that the men had been in the area offering to do roof repairs.

“They were driving a white Ford Transit Tipper van, which had ladders in the back, in the Glencairn Road and Dundonald Road area of Paisley and were seen to drive towards Renfrew Road yesterday afternoon about 4.45 pm.

“We also believe that they may have called at a few other homes in the area, so if you have been approached by them, or maybe have any dash-cam footage from the Glencairn/Dundonald or Renfrew Road area this afternoon where the van can be seen, then please call police.”

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Anyone with information can call officers at Paisley via 101.

Please quote reference number 3273 of 12 August, 2020 when calling.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Daily Record – Paisley