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'WATER BOARD' GANG NICK pounds 20k FROM 93-YR-OLD; Bogus caller warning.

Byline: Paul O'Hare

PENSIONERS were last night warned to be on their guard against bogus callers after a spate of cruel thefts.

Conmen even targeted one 93-year-old who told how he had pounds 20,000 in cash and jewellery stolen from his house.

The ex-engineer, who didn't want to be named, said: "A man at the door said he was from the water board, so I let him in.

"He spent 10 minutes in the kitchen, made some checks under the sink and said he would have to phone the office as my water was needing attending to.

"But unknown to me there were two of them outside and he was phoning them.

"They got into the house but I never heard them. They went into the room and did their stuff.

"The man in the kitchen then told me he had spoken to the office and everything would be all right.

"But everything was not all right.

"After he left it struck me right away I had bloody well been robbed."The gang took pounds 20,000 from the OAP's home in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

Fighting back tears, he added: "They also took my late wife's engagement ring and a gold chain, both of which were of sentimental value."

Police have been investigating three recent raids on the elderly in the east end of Glasgow.

A couple in their 80s were robbed of a four-figure sum at their home in Carntyne and an 86-year-old woman had money stolen from her house in Dennistoun.

Another Dennistoun woman aged 78 was also robbed of a four-figure sum.

Chief Inspector George Nedley warned: "These despicable people will take their chance coming to a door.

"If it is an old person, then they are ready with their story."

TOP TIPS

If you are in any doubt about who's at your door, don't let to to them in.

If they say they are from the gas , water or electricity, ask to see th eir identi cation. If in doubt phone the company to check.

Don't keep large sums of money in your house.

Consider putting a chain on your door and having a spyhole.

Keep the door locked when you are in the house.

For more info call 01786 450 145 or visit www.aosnw.co.uk
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