Bogus callers in Pontefract - police issue e-fit image of suspect

POLICE have released an e-fit image of a suspect after bogus callers posing as solar panel engineers targeted a man in Pontefract.

Police have released this e-fit of a suspect
Police have released this e-fit of a suspect

Two men conned their way into a house on Rookhill Road by posing as workers from a solar panel company between 11:30am and 12:30pm on February 15.

They told the victim he was due a refund and offered a chip and pin machine for the victim to use with his bank card.  

The victim later discovered they had taken thousands of pounds from his account during the transaction. 

The suspects are described as two Asian males, aged around 30-years-old, both between 5ft 10in and 6ft.

They were smartly dressed, wearing business suits and one of the suspects had a long beard. 

Detective Sergeant Mick Casey, of Wakefield CID, said: "The suspects involved in this incident were posing as representatives from a solar panel company and targeted homes in the Pontefract area. I would like to appeal to anyone who has concerns about callers at their homes or has any information about these suspects to come forward to the police. 

"Anyone who may have any concerns about people approaching their home, or that of a family member or friend are always encouraged to check a person's identity and to contact the company they claim to be from.

"Use a number from a trusted source, such as a list by the telephone, or one looked up from a directory. Do not use the number given by the caller. Close the door to make the call. "Some gas, water and electric companies offer a password system for older or vulnerable customers to offer reassurance. If you have any concerns about the person at your address contact the police. Any legitimate caller will be understanding of your concerns."  

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DS Mick Casey at Wakefield CID via 101, quoting crime reference number 13170074548. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.