GARDAÍ have set up extra patrols in west Cork and Kerry in an attempt to catch callous thieves who are preying on the elderly.
A senior Garda spokesman said it believed that a number of recent incidents in the region could be the work of the same gang.
Three men posing as county council workers conned their way into a house owned by a woman in her 80s in Rathmore, Co Kerry, last weekend.
“One of them kept her chatting while the others went upstairs. They stole a substantial amount of money,” the spokesman said.
The men also used the same modus operandi to get into another house owned by an elderly person in Rathmore. However, they left empty-handed.
Gardaí in west Cork are investigating the theft of money from an 85-year-old woman living in Ballyvourney. Two men got into her house last Friday night under false pretences and stole money that she had been collecting for the Sacred Heart Missions.
“These are particularly nasty crimes because they are perpetrated against vulnerable people,” a Garda spokesman said.
Gardaí in Macroom suspect that a blue or green Toyota Corolla, with either a 98C or 99C registration was used by the men for the Ballyvourney robbery.
They were described as being in their 30s.
Meanwhile, gardaí in Mayfield are looking for two robbers who threatened an off-licence employee with a hammer and knife.
The men burst into McGovern’s off-licence at Ballyhooly road at 11pm on Tuesday. They threatened the employee before snatching a small quantity of cash from the till.
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