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Man arrested for fraud and vehicle offences – Oxfordshire

Tuesday 10 January 2012, 10:02am

Thames Valley Police arrested a man on suspicion of fraud and vehicle crime offences in Oxfordshire on Wednesday (4/1) thanks to the help of the Force helicopter.

A 21-year-old man, from Egham, Surrey, was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation, failing to stop and dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail until 24 February.

Chiltern Air Support was deployed to help units on the ground locate a vehicle and its passengers after a report of deception in the Kidlington area. Two men had waited outside the Coventry Building Society whilst a 63-year-old man attempted to withdraw a large sum of money for building materials.

The staff became suspicious and contacted police, however prior to officers’ arrival the two men made off in a blue vehicle and the helicopter was deployed to help with the search. Following a search of the area, a man was arrested in High Street, Watlington.

PC Michael Collery, leading the investigation said: “These types of crimes are abhorrent. The offenders often pick on the elderly and vulnerable by lying and relying on their trusting nature.

“They give no thought to the consequences their actions have on the victim, leaving them feeling scared, vulnerable and in some cases deprived of their retirement fund or life savings.

“People should always be cautious of any unannounced callers who want money upfront before doing any work.

“Check all callers ID and look up the number of the company from a phone book to check that they have representatives in the area. This might take a few moments but a genuine caller won’t mind waiting.”

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed two men leaving the building society last Wednesday or have any information to contact them via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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