Belfast Telegraph

Bogus caller robs pensioners

By Amanda Poole

A bogus caller who stole cash from an Antrim couple in their 80s after telling them he had concerns about thefts in the area has been branded as despicable.

UUP councillor Paul Michael said he cannot understand how anyone could "stoop so low" as to steal from the vulnerable.

At 12.40pm on Wednesday a man in his 50s called at the elderly couple's Cedarhill home claiming he was worried about youths stealing in the area. He then forced his way into the house in a quiet residential area of the town.

After pushing past the distressed couple he rifled through their wardrobes and drawers before fleeing with a sum of cash.

Mr Michael said such actions were to be totally condemned and he was thankful such incidents were fairly rare.

"To target vulnerable elderly people in our community is a complete disgrace," he added. "To be so opportunistic, to set out to steal and rob a couple in their home is a sad indictment of society.

"I would urge everyone to be vigilant, keep an eye on their vulnerable neighbours and if anyone has information that could lead to this man's arrest, they should call the police immediately."

It's understood the couple were physically unharmed, but have been left badly shaken by their experience.

The police in Antrim are appealing for information that could lead to the arrest of the thief.

He is described by the pensioners as being in his 50s and around 6ft tall.

He was wearing a stripy flat cap, a grey jacket, dark trousers and a black checked scarf.

Anyone who noticed a man matching that description in the Cedarhill area at the time should ring the PSNI on 0845 600 8000.

Factfile

The PSNI has teamed up with NTL Telewest Business and Fold Telecare to try and tackle the issue of bogus callers. A 24-hour telephone service called Quick Check allows householders to make a freephone call to verify the identity of individuals calling at their door claiming to be from utility providers and other companies. The Quick Check number is 0800 013 22 90.

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