Bogus caller charged with Co’path theft

FOLLOWING a series of warnings of offenders in the central Borders, a bogus caller has been charged with theft after stealing jewellery from a home in Cockburnspath.

On Wednesday, February 22, a male described as being aged 50-60 years, 5’10, medium build, clean shaven, grey receding hair, with a Carlisle accent and wearing a light grey coat, attended at the home address of an elderly female in the village, and repeatedly pressurised her into selling items of jewellery to him.

The man entered the elderly female’s home address without her consent and interfered with her property, before leaving.

On Saturday, February 25, police were conducting enquiries in Cockburnspath regarding the incident, when it was established that the same man had targeted another property in the area. On this occasion, an elderly male resident agreed to sell the accused some stamps and coins but refused to sell him jewellery, despite his pressured sales techniques. The male again gained access to the property and distracted the victim for a period of time. It was later established that a brooch, and two necklaces had been stolen.

Police carried out further enquiries and traced the man still within the area. On searching his vehicle, police recovered the brooch and one of the necklaces. He was subsequently charged with theft and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

A police spokesperson said: “Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this male’s pressured sales techniques and have had items stolen should ring 01450 375051”.