Charges after el­derly tar­geted

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

Elka Grif­fin (5), Leo Ben­ter (6) and Austin Grif­fin (5) busy ex­plor­ing the stream.

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