Cumbernauld crimebeat involves bogus caller, serious assault and van thefts

Police are warning locals that a bogus workman has been doing the rounds in Cumbernauld and are advising householders not to engage with him under any circumstances.

Officers have confirmed that one crime has now been reported to them -which saw an elderly resident fall prey to a theft.

The disturbing incident – which saw a man pretend to be from the water board – happened on Sunday, June 27 at Morar Court in Condorrat.

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He is suspected of pocketing a three figure sum from the property.

The man is described as being in his 40s and was wearing a dress shirt and a black jacket.

Police are now trying to ascertain if anyone else has been targeted - in a crime which flourishes as it is often goes unreported due to the embarrassment factor of the victims involved.

They want anyone who was approached by this man to contact them, quoting crime number NC00050721.

Meanwhile officers have stated that they have been dealing with a serious assault which took place after violence flared at a house in Carbrain’s Millcroft Road on Friday July 2 at 9.40pm

Police have traced two males who had been fighting – and which resulted in the pair suffering serious but non -life threatening injuries.

Both males, aged 52 and 36 were arrested following hospital treatment and charged with serious assault.

It has also emerged that there has been a return to the spate of works van thefts which have affected Cumbernauld drivers in recent years.

Van thefts have proved to be a town-wide problem with many businesses also facing the headache of losing expensive specialist equipment which have been stored inside the pricey stolen vehicles.

Police have been dealing with two such thefts in as many days after white Ford van was stolen from Kildrum’s Braehead Road overnight on Monday July 5 and a second van was taken from Condorrat’s Etive Court overnight on Tuesday July 6.

Communities Inspector Neil MacLeod said: “Police would urge owners of vans, particularly Ford vans to be particularly security conscious, and anyone with any information on either theft or who has observed any form of suspicious behaviour should contact police.”