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OAP forced from home in ATM robbery

TWO men were arrested after a pensioner was forced out of his home and ordered to remove cash from a Dublin ATM, the Herald can reveal.

Gardai are investigating several incidents of fraud involving the OAP, who is extremely shaken after the ordeal.

The Herald understands that at least two men tricked the man into leaving his South Dublin home before driving him to an ATM last month.

The pensioner was forced to remove cash from his bank, which he is believed to have handed over to the men.

Now gardai are investigating the possibility that the man was targeted by these men several times. Gardai received a complaint from a member of the public and later examined CCTV footage taken at the Altamont Hall Apartments on Stoney Road.

Officers then swooped on two men near the complex on October 10. The men were questioned and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A garda spokesman told the Herald: "Gardai are investigating several incidents of fraud/deception involving an elderly male, which occurred in early October."


Eamon Timmins, of Age Action Ireland, describes the incidents as "highly alarming".

"These incidents against this man are very worrying. There is no doubt he has been left hugely affected by this.

"What I would say to anyone living in apartments like this, invest in a chain for your door, always check for ID and be suspicious of people you don't know or trust.

"The elderly are living scared. We can't emphasise enough how there is a lot of fear out apprehension out there."

The incidents follow a spate of attacks on the elderly.

The Herald revealed recently how gardai are becoming increasingly alarmed at the methods used by criminals to target older people in their homes.

In one instance in east Leinster, burglars climbed the drainpipe of a house of a retired couple to get inside.

And in another, an individual posing as a council worker gained entry to a widow's home and fled with valuables.