Charges after elderly targeted
MEN with Irish or Scottish accents in a white ute allegedly attempted to defraud seniors for fictitious house repairs in western, inner-city and northern suburbs last week.
Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian said it was reported a ute with two men drove into a Herdsman Parade, Wem- bley home owned by a 90-year-old woman on January 10.
“It was said they identified themselves from City Insurance and stated that they were in the area checking roofs for damage and repairs,” Snr Sgt Vivian said.
The woman may have paid $200 for a quote but refused when the men said the repairs would cost $7000.
On January 13, a Subiaco resident told police her elderly mother was approached at her door by a man claiming he had been sent by a family member to fix the roof, and the woman should go to the bank with him to withdraw money to pay for the repairs, which the woman refused.
The following day, two men allegedly went to the home of an 88- year-old Mt Hawthorn woman, saying her roof needed repairing and she should withdraw the money from the bank.
A Joondanna man (31) was subsequently charged with stealing and trespass and will appear at Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.
On January 15, two men allegedly went to the home of a 91-year-old Karrinyup woman and told her they could repair a hole in her roof, then took the her to a bank to get money for the repairs, after using ladders to get on the roof without permission.
A 17-year-old teenager was subsequently charged with trespass and will appear in court at a later date. Wembley police inquiries continue into the other reports.
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