GARDAI in Newbridge have warned people to be vigilant after an unscrupulous thief used a young boy to distract his victim while attempting to commit a burglary.
An elderly woman in Newbridge was the victim of a distraction burglary when she answered her door to an upset child sobbing on her doorstep on Friday, February 3 at 7.45pm.
“The woman, who lives at The Grange housing estate, answered her door and found a child crying there,” said Sgt Seamus Rothwell of Newbridge Garda Station.
“He was crying and kicking the door and complaining about his parents. Another guy managed to get into the house through a side door. The [elderly woman’s] son came down the stairs and discovered him standing in the kitchen. The man ran and got away with a small amount of cash out of a handbag.”
Sgt Rothwell said that the child and the man were “in cahoots”.
“It’s the oldest trick in the book. The young fella ran away after the other one. The child was being used to distract the house holder.”
Sgt Rothwell, who described the operation as ‘slick’ is warning householders to lock their doors even when they are at home.
“The boy was ten years old and was wearing a woolly cap pulled down over his head,” he added. “He also had freckles.
“The guy was in his twenties and also had a woolly cap and possibly a tight hair cut.
“It was clever enough. It had to have been planned out. We would send out a general warning to people to lock all your doors while in the house. Consider that people are prepared to come into your house through the door.
“And we would ask people to give the garda station a ring if you have had an incident like this.
“Even if it seems a bit weird and they didn’t get into your house, give the station a ring, as they will try this trick again somewhere else.”