A PENSIONER was robbed of a four-figure sum following a bogus caller incident which occurred in Clydebank.

Police are appealing for information after the incident that took place on Thursday, January 31.

Between 3.30 and 3.40pm an 89-year-old woman was returning to her flat in Milton Mains Court and noticed a man carrying a clipboard, who she assumed was a workman, entering the common close behind her.

Her door went shortly afterwards, and she opened it to find the same man standing there, claiming to be from the water board. He said there was a problem with her drains, and he required access to her property.

She let him inside and whilst he distracted her in the kitchen, it is believed a younger man who was seen with the other man outside, entered her home and proceeded to ransack her bedroom before stealing a four-figure sum of money from her purse.

After they had left, the elderly woman realised what had happened and contacted police.

The first suspect is described as being in his 40s, of stocky build and wearing a fawn coloured hat, light coloured clothing and work boots. He was also carrying a clipboard.

The second suspect is described as being a younger male.

Detective Sergeant Fiona Macarthur from Clydebank CID said: “This was a despicable crime which has left an elderly woman extremely upset and without a significant sum of money.

“It is absolutely vital that we trace these abhorrent individuals and I would appeal to anyone who noticed men matching the above descriptions loitering in the area, or even answered the door to one of them, to please get in touch.

“I would also urge people to be extra vigilant and ensure elderly relatives and neighbours are aware of the dangers of letting people into their homes without verifying their identity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clydebank CID via 101, quoting incident number 4092 of Thursday 31 January 2019.

Alternatively, you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.