Police have released CCTV images of a van they wish to trace in connection with a fraud where an elderly woman was conned out of £3,200.
Thelma Devereux was targeted in her home on Fir Trees Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, after a man told her the roof of her property needed work.
The rogue workmen followed her to a bank and demanded payment for the few minutes’ work and, despite vigilant bank staff becoming suspicious about Thelma’s repeated visits to her local branch, managed to make off with a stash of the 73-year-old’s money.
DC Steve Fulton from Lancashire Police said the van has quite distinct markings, including the words, ‘Surveying Unit’ along the side of the vehicle.
Unfortunately, the van’s registration plate isn’t visible.
The van we are looking for is 2008 onwards Peugeot Partner 800 or 850.DC Steve Fulton
He said: “The van we are looking for is 2008 onwards Peugeot Partner 800 or 850.
“The back of it is quite distinctive as it has orange and yellow chevron markings which would be quite difficult to disguise.”
DC Fulton added: “The lettering on the side of the van is also quite unusual as it is outlined writing rather than the standard block lettering.”
Mrs Devereux’s daughter, Angela Phillipson said her mum is still wondering why she would have given the men the money.
She said: “She still doesn’t know why she did it and it is worrying her quite a lot.
“She was just completely caught off guard and she is really beating herself up about it.”
Angela added: “Hopefully seeing the images of the van will jog people’s memory and we will be able to find out who it belongs to once and for all.”
The man in question was a white male, around 5ft 4in with wavy blonde hair and was using a white van with the words surveyor unit’ on the side.
He was wearing jeans and is aged in his 40s.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.