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Bogus police officers steal cash in fake sting on Magilligan home

By Donna Deeney

A man has been duped out of a sum of cash after two thieves disguised as police officers carried out a fake sting on his house.

Detectives in Limavady are investigating the incident which took place at a house on the Seacoast Road in the Magilligan area on Tuesday night.

The men managed to convince the resident that they were investigating counterfeit money and asked him to hand over any notes he had in his possession.

Both wore yellow coats with police written on the back, black boots, and trousers and caps with a badge and police written on them. They also wore yellow rubber gloves.

The first man was described as being around 35-years-old, 5ft 7in, of thin build with a local accent.

The second man was said to be in his 40s, approximately 5ft 9in of medium build and also with a local accent.

A sum of money was handed over and the two men left in a small hatchback car.

Police later confirmed the men were not police officers and reminded householders not to permit anyone inside their home without being 100% sure of who they are, and to always check identification.

The call was reiterated by Limavady mayor and Magilligan resident Gerry Mullan, who described the incident as “devious”.

“People won’t question anyone turning up at their door wearing what looks like police uniforms. It shows how daring and devious these dastardly criminals are when they don a replica police uniform and pass themselves off as officers.

“To wear rubber gloves shows they had even thought of not leaving any fingerprints or trace of their presence.

“It is a very scary development in terms of deception and obviously one of the most convincing ploys that can be adopted because no-one is going to question police officers, especially when they are told they are conducting an investigation.

“It is very worrying that someone would attempt to act as a police officer, which in itself if a criminal offence.

“I think this is a very well-rehearsed scam and not one that was done randomly, which is very concerning.

“I would ask people to be very vigilant, particularly elderly people living in isolated areas.

“They need be very careful as to who they speak with and always ask for clear identification, and make sure after dark they have their homes well secured.”

A police spokesman urged anyone who noticed any suspicious activity between 7pm and 8pm in the Seacoast Road area or who has any information which may be of assistance to the investigation to contact CID in Limavady on 0845 600 8000.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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