Man (77) tricked in bogus RSPCA scam

AN ELDERLY man from Butcombe had cash stolen from his home by a burglar posing as an RSPCA officer. The 77-year-old was in his back garden on August 30 when the man entered and approached him. He said he worked for the RSPCA and was doing checks on cattle

AN ELDERLY man from Butcombe had cash stolen from his home by a burglar posing as an RSPCA officer.The 77-year-old was in his back garden on August 30 when the man entered and approached him.He said he worked for the RSPCA and was doing checks on cattle in the area. Despite the victim querying him, the bogus inspector walked to the cattle pens in the victim's garden.He was followed by the pensioner who again asked to see some official identification and asked why he was not wearing a uniform. Two other men were also spotted near the property and all three left in a blue Rover 600 series car with the registration S262 CWS. They drove off in the direction of Butcombe village.The victim later discovered cash had been taken from his house.The suspect who approached the victim in his garden was white, of stocky build, aged in his late 20s or early 30s and had dark hair. He was wearing a green zip-up woollen sweater and white trainers.The other two suspects were also white. One was about 5ft 10ins and in his late 20s or early 30s and was wearing a navy blue coloured shirt. The other was stocky and had black or very dark brown curly or wavy hair, which was longer at the sides and possibly combed back. He had a very tanned complexion and was wearing a white shirt and jeans which had green colouring in them. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the burglary team at Nailsea on 0845 4567000.


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