Heartless thieves rob elderly man in his home

Police are appealing for information after an elderly man was robbed in his own home by two men claiming to be door-to-door salesmen.

The two men men gained entry to the 72 year old’s home address in Springburn around 12pm on Monday.

They then left the property with a three-figure sum of cash.

The first man is described as white, early 30s, medium to average build, 5ft6/7, with dark stubble on his face. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a black jacket with the hood up.

The second man is described as white, early 30s, medium to average build, 5ft6/7 and clean shaven. He also spoke with a local accent and was wearing a black jacket with no hood, a black woolly tammy hat, dark trousers and grey trainers.

One of the men may have been carrying a rucksack and clipboard.

Detective Constable David Somerville said: “Luckily the victim was not injured. However it was a very distressing experience for him.

“Bogus callers often deliberately target elderly and vulnerable members in our communities and they can be very convincing.

“Extensive enquiries are taking place in the area to catch those responsible however I would urge people living locally to be on their guard and contact us immediately if they are approached in a similar manner.

“This incident once again highlights the issue of bogus callers and the importance of keeping yourself and others safe.

“The best advice is to keep your door locked at all times, ask for identification and check it carefully. Don’t feel embarrassed or under pressure because genuine callers will not mind you checking their details and don’t open your door to anyone until you are absolutely sure of their identity.

“I’d also urge people to communicate with friends and neighbours, if you need work done ask them for a recommendation and if you have concerns about anyone acting suspiciously in your area then please report it.

“Anyone with information can contact police via the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively you can call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity will be maintained.”