Warning to homeowners about Garda impersonator

A con man impersonating a garda called to a house in Cashel on Monday and swiped the householder’s purse after he was let inside the residence.

A con man impersonating a garda called to a house in Cashel on Monday and swiped the householder’s purse after he was let inside the residence.

The incident has prompted gardai to issue a warning to residents of Cashel and other communities in South Tipperary to be wary of anybody calling to their front doors claiming to be from the Garda Siochana and other organisations like HSE, utility services and local authorities and to insist they produce proof of identity before allowing them inside.

A spokesperson for Cahir Garda Station said the man who stole the purse from the house in Cashel was wearing a dark knee length navy coat, dark trousers and shoes. He was clean shaven with a plump face and was approximately 5ft. 9 inches in height.

He called to the house at around 3.15pm on Monday and told the woman, aged in her 60s that he was a garda. “He went in and asked for a drink of water and when the lady had turned her back he went from the house with her purse,” said the garda spokesperson.

She appealed to any member of the public with information on this con man or who may have seen a man matching his description acting suspiciously in Cashel on Monday afternoon to contact Cashel or Cahir Garda Stations at (052) 7441222 or (062) 62866.