POLICE have warned residents to be "on their guard" after a a second person was robbed of a four figure sum by a bogus caller in Clydebank.

Around 12:45pm yesterday, a man went to the home of a 67 year-old man in Whin Street.

He was able to gain access to the property by pretending he was going to be carrying out gardening work.

Once he was inside, he stole a four-figure sum of money before making off in an unknown direction.

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He is described as white, in his 30s or 40s, around 5 ft 9ins in height, with a stocky build, brown hair and a full beard. At the time of the incident the man was wearing an orange high visibility jacket and high visibility trousers.

It comes less than a week after two cruel thugs stole cash from an 89-year-old woman in the town's Milton Mains Court after pretending to be from the water board.

Detective Inspector Ogilvie Ross from Clydebank CID, said:“This sickening individual has preyed on a vulnerable man. This crime was reported to us on Tuesday but I believe the suspect may have been in the Clydebank area over the past week, knocking on doors, offering gardening services such as cutting hedges.

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"There may be other people in the Clydebank area who have been approached by this man or who may have seen him and I would appeal to them to come forward to police.

“If you have had someone at your door recently that you were unsure of, or if a relative has informed you of an incident, we would like to hear from you.”

The forced urged people, and particularly older and more vulnerable members of communities if anyone comes to the door to always ask for identification.

Always close and lock your door while you contact the company in order to check that they are genuine, before allowing anyone access to your home. If in doubt - contact the police.

Always use a door chain to ensure they cannot gain entry until you are satisfied with their identity.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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