Police warn Mid North Coast residents to look out for fraudulent 'tradies'

POLICE have warned the community to be aware and are investigating after a woman was approached by two men who wanted to conduct work at her Grafton home and stole cash earlier this week.

On Monday, police have been told two men approached a resident of the Grafton area and convinced her that they could repair her driveway for $300.

When the work was completed the two men asked the 72-year-old woman for $1000 under the pretext that they could do additional work for her.

The woman produced an envelope containing cash and the men distracted her stealing all the contents, which was several thousand dollars.

After the men left the premises police from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command were contacted and spoke with the woman.

Police have been told the two men were driving a white Mitsubishi 4 x 4 single cab utility with a yellow stripe and a possible Victorian registration of 1FH 5ZV.

The first man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 180cm tall and about 140 kilograms aged in his 30s. He had reddish hair and wore an orange ‘fluro’ work shirt, shorts and boots.

The second man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 175cm tall, medium build in his 30s. The man had brown hair, a beard and wore a yellow ‘fluro’ work shirt, shorts and boots.

Both men spoke with an Irish accent.

Investigators believe the incident may be linked to similar offences reported interstate and are warning members of the community to be cautious.

Police are urging anyone who may have information about these men or their vehicle to contact police via Crime Stoppers.