Shameless Ayrshire crooks con pensioner out of four-figure sum in roofing scam

Two ‘shameless’ Ayrshire crooks have scammed a four-figure sum of money from a retiree.

Police have launched a manhunt after the brutal crime at a house on Bellesleyhill Avenue in Ayr.

On Friday, August 6, a man showed up unannounced at the 66-year-old’s home claiming to be from a roofing company and convinced the woman that her roof needed repair.

The suspect returned the following day at 11:30 a.m. with another man and was given a four-figure sum of money for the work.

However, the men have left the area and the work has yet to be completed.

They drove a white van with a black logo on the back door and a white-colored sedan.

The suspects were accompanied by a teenage boy, about 15 years old, who was wearing a gray top.

Detective Gordon Thomson of Ayr Police Station said: “The people who commit these crimes are shameless and we would like to track them down as soon as possible.

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“We are examining CCTV footage from the area and trying to identify those responsible for this crime. I would like to ask anyone with private cameras from drivers with a dashcam to check if they have recorded any details that can help us.

“I would urge anyone who saw her in the area on Friday or Saturday, or has information that could assist us with this investigation, to contact us at 101 with reference 2474 dated August 9. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

“We want to make sure that the people in our communities are kept safe and informed and I urge you to talk to elderly or vulnerable family and friends to let them know about these types of fake callers and the reduce their chances of becoming a victim.

“There are simple steps you can take to prevent this type of crime: for example, don’t let callers into your home unless they have an appointment and have confirmed that they are real traders. When in doubt, ask them to come back at a later time or when someone else is home – real callers won’t mind rearranging.”

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