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Theft took place in Brookvale
TWO conmen persuaded an 83-year-old man into handing over £2,000 in cash.
The men called on the pensioner at his home in Lower Brook Street, Brookvale, between 10am and 12pm on Thursday, August 1.
They told him he needed to pay insurance for his roof as work was being done on a neighbour’s roof. The victim handed over £2,000 in cash and the men left.
No work was being carried out on any of the houses in that street.
Detective Constable Andy Panter said the alarm was raised when the elderly man later went to his bank to withdraw money and told a teller about what had happened. The bank then called the police.
He added: “This was a cruel and heartless crime where a vulnerable man has been conned out of a significant amount of money.
“He is scared, it has had quite an effect on him.”
Both men spoke with an Irish accent and were wearing high-visibility vests and three-quarter length beige trousers.
The first man is described as white, overweight, about 6ft tall and had scruffy ginger hair.
The second man is described as white, of heavy build, about 6ft tall and had mousey brown hair.
Anyone with information can contact Det Con Panter at Basingstoke police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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