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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Elderly man robbed by fake physio

TWO SHOCKING CRIMES ON ELDERLY AT WEEKEND

ALISON COMYN

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:11

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THE HSE has advised people to always check for identifcation from callers claiming to be working for the service.

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The warning comes after a woman posing as a HSE physiotherapist gained entry to an elderly man's home in Trinity Street and robbed him.

The incident took place between 2pm and 3pm on Sunday when the frail man answered his door to the woman.

She told the man she was a HSE physiotherapist, and when he let her in, she proceeded to boil the kettle in the kitchen and make them both a cup of tea.

She made an excuse to use his bathroom. She then entered two bedrooms, ransacked them, and removed some cash.

Gardaí were alerted about an hour after the robbery. ' This was a very distressing crime for the old man, and we are hopeful of catching who did this,' said a garda spokesman. THERE HAS been widespread shock at two heartless crimes on very elderly people in the town over the weekend.

A 93-year-old man was the victim of a robbery which saw a woman pose as a health worker to gain access to his Trinity Street home.

After calmly making him a cup of tea, she ransacked his house and stole a sum of money.

The callous incident took place between 2pm and 3pm on Sunday when the frail man answered his front door to the woman.

She told the man she was a HSE physiotherapist, and when he let her in, she proceeded to boil the kettle in the kitchen and make them both a cup of tea.

According to Drogheda gardai, she then made an excuse to use his bathroom, whereby she entered two bedrooms, ransacked them, and removed a quantity of cash that had been concealed.

When she returned to the kitchen, she made excuses and left, and when she didn't return, the pensioner got suspicious and discovered the cash was missing.

Gardai were alerted about an hour after the robbery.

' This was a very distressing crime for the old man, and we are hopeful of catching who did this,' said a garda spokesman.

'Unfortunately the man was unable to provide a very good description of the woman, so we are seeking the help of neighbours who may have noticed anything unusual near the house.'

A spokesperson for The Health Service Executive said members of the public must always seek identification when individuals claiming to be working for the health service call in person, or on the phone, seeking personal information.

'All HSE staff carry full identification and are always pleased to show it,' she told the Drogheda Independent. 'In addition, any HSE employee phoning a person at their home will always identify themselves clearly.

'If a caller refuses to identity themselves you should immediately inform the Gardai.'

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