Limerick gardai issue warning as elderly people are targeted by thieves

David Hurley

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Limerick gardai issue warning as elderly people are targeted by thieves

There have been a number of incidents during which elderly men and women have been targeted

GARDAI are investigating a number of recent incidents during which elderly people were targeted by criminals.

In one incident last Wednesday, a woman was duped out of €500 by a bogus tradesman who claimed he had carried out works on the roof of home.

According to gardai, the lady whose aged in her late 70s, paid the money to a man who she did not know.

“Her son reported this crime and he can state that the work was unnecessary and it was not completed,” said a garda spokesperson.

Separately over the past week, there have been three reported incidents of wallets being stolen from pensioners.

On two occasions, wallets were taken from the handbags of women while they were doing their grocery shopping while on another occasion a man, aged in his 70s. was targeted while he was in a lift at a shopping centre.

“When in a lift people are quiet close together and in this case the thief had the opportunity to take the wallet,” said Sergeant Ber Leetch.

Around €2,500 was spent on the pensioner’s cards before he cancelled them after realising his wallet had been taken.