AN ELDERLY Greenock man fell prey to two bogus callers who conned their way into his house and made off with cash.

The con men struck yesterday in Roxburgh Avenue around 11am.

They claimed to be from Scottish Water and told the householder they were there to check out a 'foul smell in the area'.

Once inside the house they went through his belongings and then left with an unknown amount of cash.

Police officers are now warning other residents to be vigilant as they are trawl CCTV footage and carry out door-to-door enquiries to try and catch those responsible.

Sergeant Laura Stewart said: "This is a sickening crime.

"They turned up at his house, looking very official with a notepad and claimed to be from Scottish Water.

"They managed to get into the house and stole an unknown amount of cash. This is the only incident that has been reported to us.

"But we will have a high profile police presence in the area and carrying out patrols so they don't strike again.

"There are shops up there with cameras and River Clyde Homes have good CCTV as well in the area."

The police have released descriptions of the suspects.

The first man was around 5ft 6 in height and wearing glasses, a cream rain jacket and blue jeans.

The second suspect was 5ft 7, wearing dark blue jeans, a baseball cap and was in his 20s-30s.

Sergeant Stewart is appealing to the public to be on their guard.

She added: "I would urge people to always check ID and be vigilant."

Anyone with information to help with enquiries should contact Greenock Police on 101 and quote incident number 2673 and the date March 11.