"Repair man" dupes vulnerable pensioners out of £1,000 in Stanford-le-Hope

Thurrock Gazette: "Repair man" dupes vulnerable pensioners out of £1,000 "Repair man" dupes vulnerable pensioners out of £1,000

AN ELDERLY couple lost £1,000 to a conman who claimed the roof of their home required urgent work.

At around midday on Wednesday, June 11 a man using the name of Jonathan Roberts attended the home address of an elderly, vulnerable couple and convinced them they needed some work doing to their roof.

The couple paid the man £1,000 to fix their roof, which he was due to do the following day, but he never returned.

Ds Eileen Mullins said: "This was a dreadful thing to do to a vulnerable couple and we are warning people to think twice before accepting an offers of work from people knocking on your door."

The suspect is described as a white, over 6ft tall, athletic build, and with short dark hair. He was wearing a baseball cap, T shirt and shorts. He had a very unusual tattoo on his left lower arm with the words 'I can do all things through Christ'.

Anyone who thinks they know who this man might be - or who have information on similar cons - are urged to contact Ds Mullins at Grays police station on 101.

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4:51pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Thurrockbob says...

I can't understand why so many people just hand over money to these conmen, these cons have been going on for years and they have been publicised for years, and yet these silly old sods still fall for it. DON'T HAND OVER YOUR MONEY YOU STUPID OLD ****!
I can't understand why so many people just hand over money to these conmen, these cons have been going on for years and they have been publicised for years, and yet these silly old sods still fall for it. DON'T HAND OVER YOUR MONEY YOU STUPID OLD ****! Thurrockbob
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8:36pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Purple Om 89-91 says...

The suspects age is not in the description....who's not doing their job?
The suspects age is not in the description....who's not doing their job? Purple Om 89-91
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9:30am Wed 18 Jun 14

OckendonPaul says...

...Or their accent. It's normally 'Irish' in these situations...
...Or their accent. It's normally 'Irish' in these situations... OckendonPaul
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2:03pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Paul_Grays says...

Its called being old, confused and vunerable ThurrockBob and if you ever find yourself in that state I hope that the general people around look after you and don't act like this vulture.
A real man does a job,.....any job.
Its called being old, confused and vunerable ThurrockBob and if you ever find yourself in that state I hope that the general people around look after you and don't act like this vulture. A real man does a job,.....any job. Paul_Grays
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8:21am Mon 23 Jun 14

Thurrockbob says...

Paul_Grays wrote:
Its called being old, confused and vunerable ThurrockBob and if you ever find yourself in that state I hope that the general people around look after you and don't act like this vulture.
A real man does a job,.....any job.
So BOTH of them were 'confused and vulnerable' then?
Maybe they would be better in a home then, or living with loving family.
[quote][p][bold]Paul_Grays[/bold] wrote: Its called being old, confused and vunerable ThurrockBob and if you ever find yourself in that state I hope that the general people around look after you and don't act like this vulture. A real man does a job,.....any job.[/p][/quote]So BOTH of them were 'confused and vulnerable' then? Maybe they would be better in a home then, or living with loving family. Thurrockbob
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