GARDAI have appealed for witnesses after a 93-year-old man had money stolen from his home by a woman who posed as an HSE physiotherapist.
The man was uninjured but shaken by the incident which happened at 2pm on Sunday.
Gardai say the woman called to his home on Trinity Street in Drogheda, Co Louth, saying she was a physiotherapist with the HSE and asked him to let her in.
She struck up a conversation with him and as he put on the kettle to make her a cup of tea. She then said she was going to use the bathroom but instead she ransacked two bedrooms.
Gardai said she found a small amount of money and the man raised the alarm after she left.
The theft was condemned by the Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell. He said: "Don't leave it to somebody else to do something. It is up to the community as well as the senior citizens to be absolutely vigilant about this sort of crime which unfortunately is not isolated and appears to be on the increase nationally."
Gardai have asked anybody in the area who saw anything suspicious to contact them on (041) 9838777.