Cash stolen after bogus workmen enter home of elderly man


An elderly man has had cash stolen after allowing two men posing as roofing contractors to enter his house.

The incident took place in the Hillview Avenue area of Carrickfergus on Thursday shortly after 5pm.

After allowing the pair into his home, the householder offered to make a cup of tea and during this time they stole two wallets containing cash.

It is thought they made off in a dark blue coloured van or jeep towing a trailer.

One of the males is described as being in his 40’s, 5’7” tall, stocky build with short dark hair. The other is described as being in his 20’s, 5’11” tall, athletic build with frizzy/curly hair.

At least one of them spoke with an Irish accent.

The householder was left shaken but otherwise uninjured.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with any information, to contact CID at Newtownabbey Police Station on the new non-emergency number 101.

Police are urging householders to be vigilant when dealing with unexpected callers to their home - reminding everyone it is always advisable to keep the callers outside until you are sure of their identity.

A police spokesman said: “Ask all callers for proof of ID. Inspect their credentials carefully and ensure the photo is theirs. Genuine callers will be glad to show you their identification and will not mind waiting until you have checked that they are who they say they.

“For added peace of mind you can telephone QuickCheck 24/7 for free on 0800 013 22 90 and they will check the caller at your door is legitimate. Do not feel pressured to just let any caller in, if there’s any doubt – keep them out.”