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Man poses as water board representative to rob woman in Co Antrim

Police have appealed for information after a man posed as a representative of the water board to distract an "older woman" while two other people robbed her in Newtownabbey.

The distraction burglary took place in the Derrycoole Way area on Monday.

Around 4:55pm a man claiming to be form the water board called to the home of an older female and distracted her while two other people entered a bedroom and stole items before making off.

The PSNI have said that the homeowner was not hurt but was left shaken as a result.

Detective Sergeant Lyttle said that people should treat unexpected callers with caution.

"Bogus callers use many guises," the Detective Sergeant said.

"They may offer to do work around your property, other calls may seek to gain entry to use facilities. When your attention is distracted an accomplice may enter your premises via an unlocked door to seal cash and items of value.

"Often you will not be aware this has occurred until they have left. Genuine callers will carry ID. Please ask them to provide their ID documents for your inspection before permitting entry to your home.

"I would also urge people to be aware of any neighbours or relatives that may be potentially targeted in this way.

"Report any activity that raises your suspicions to police immediately. This is a good way to alert us so we can investigate - and will help deter criminals and reduce crime in your area. Call us on the non-emergency number 101." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 140211/06/18/

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