Police Scotland is warning the public to be on the alert for a potential bogus workman who called at a house in Langholm on Monday 11 July 2016.  At around 1600 hours the following described man called at the home of a lady in the High Street in the town asking to get entry in order to check both her gas and electricity meters.  The lady allowed entry to the man although was suspicious as her meters had only recently been checked.  The lady accompanied the man throughout his visit, and he noted numbers from the meters on a clipboard.  Further checks with the utility companies revealed that they had no-one in the area checking meters.

The suspect is described as being male, white, about 5’6″ tall, in his early 50s, slim build, thinning mousey brown hair, weathered face and was wearing dark trousers and a blue polo shirt with a high visibility vest.  The man had some kind of lanyard around his neck.

Constable Emma-Jayne Neylon at Langholm said “it always pays to check the identity of anyone who wants access to you home.  Genuine callers never get offended when asked for identification.  On this occasion it seems that this man was never left alone while in the house and perhaps his intentions were foiled.  We urge all householders to be extra careful in whom they allow access to.  Anyone who can help identify this man, or who may have had a similar experience should call us on 101.

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