Bogus workman targets elderly Fife woman

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Police in Fife are appealing for witnesses following a report of a bogus workman incident in the Elizabeth Street area of Dunfermline.

The incident occurred at 12.30pm on Monday, November 2, when a man approached a residence in Elizabeth Street belonging to a 97-year-old woman.

She opened the door to an unknown man, who stated that he needed access to her property to check water pressure.

She went to the kitchen to turn on the tap while the man checked other rooms within the property. He then left the property without notifying her.

Later that same day the woman went to retrieve her handbag and noticed that a sum of cash had been taken from it. He has also left behind a number of items which did not belong to her. Police have now confiscated these items.

Officers are now investigating this incident and are appealing for information.

The suspect is described as a white man with a stocky build and a full face. He is around 6ft in height. He was dressed all in black and was wearing a zipper jacket, trousers/jeans, a beanie type hat and thick woolly gloves.

He spoke with a foreign accent and went by the name “Hardie”.

Police Sergeant Hilary McKinlay said: “This was deceitful and underhanded crime against a vulnerable member of our community, who has been left very upset by this incident.

“We are now investigating and are eager to trace the man responsible. Anyone who was in the Elizabeth Street area on Monday, and recognises the description of the suspect, is asked to contact us immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.