Vulnerable pensioner victim of roof con


By Alexander Lawrie

A FRAIL Scots pensioner has been swindled out of £12,000 after agreeing to let two men repair his roof.

The vulnerable 94 year-old man – who lives alone – was approached at his Fife home last week by the two despicable con artists.

They claimed to be roofing experts and told the elderly man his roof needed urgent repairs.

The pair claimed the work would cost £3,000 and needed the money up front to pay for labour costs and materials – but the work was never carried out.

The crooks returned on a further two occasions to the man’s Pitcorthie home claiming there were more problems and persuaded the pensioner to part with a further £9,000.

Residents encouraged to be vigilant

Fife Police have now issued an appeal to the public in an attempt to track the thieves down.

The first man is described as about 40 years old, of stocky build and a local accent. The second man is about 30 years old, of medium build, and a distinctive high-pitched voice.

Both are also described as being white with short hair.

Detective Constable Christopher Rankine, who is leading the enquiry, said: “We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen these two men and vehicles they have been using while in the Pitcorthie area between July 20 and 23 to come forward.

“We would encourage the public to be vigilant and contact the police should they have any suspicious persons calling at their home or neighbouring addresses.”

Anyone with information can call Fife Police on 0845 600 5702.