Bogus Caller Warning To Residents In Cheltenham

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Bogus Caller Warning To Residents In Cheltenham

People are being warned to remain vigilant after a man posing as a builder stole money from a house in Cheltenham.

The incident happened in the Hester's Way area of Cheltenham at around 8am this morning (Wednesday 21 February 2007).

A man, posing as a builder, called at a house and asked the resident if he could check all the radiators and taps. Whilst doing this he then stole around 30-00 cash from the woman's purse.

The man is described as white, mid to late thirties, receding hair and clean-shaven. He was wearing a chequered shirt with a yellow, high visibility waistcoat on.

Detective Inspector Bob Heywood is asking residents to be on their guard; "We are warning people not to let anyone in unless they know who they are. Always ask for photographic ID and if you are still not sure you can call the company concerned to check the person is who they claim to be.

Not many companies cold-call anymore and if you are not happy with the person then simply refuse to let them in and tell them to call to make an appointment."

People are asked to think off these three simple steps when they hear a knock at the door...

STOP - Are you expecting anyone? Is your back door locked?
CHAIN - Put the chain on before opening the door
CHECK - Ask for caller's ID and check it by phone

DI Heywood is asking people to look out for any vulnerable relatives or neighbours he said; "These people tend to target older or more vulnerable people. Please check that they know not to let anyone in who they don't recognise. Please be vigilant, if you see any suspicious cars in the area then get the registration number and call the police."

If anyone has any information about this incident they can call police on 0845 090 1234 quoting incident 78 of 21 February or you can remain anonymous and call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Posted : 21/02/2007 13:58:31

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