Burglary of a 64-year-old disabled man’s home by fake council workers

A 64-year-old man in a wheelchair who lives alone was burgled on Sunday by fake council workers, on Rider Road, Hillsborough.

The man answered the door around 2:30pm, to two council workers with high visibility jackets who claimed they were checking his door frames and windows.

After half an hour they said they needed to fetch a drill and come back, but never returned.

The 64-year-old then discovered that his safe, containing large quantities of money and documents, had been stolen.

This isn’t the first time that fake council workers have used fake credentials in order to gain access to a property.

DC Ian Talbot said: “A vulnerable man has been targeted and we will do everything we can to ensure justice is achieved.

“Anyone who has any information about this incident or believes they may know the men described are urged to contact police. Any piece of information, even if you believe it to be irrelevant, could assist in our investigation and enable us to identify the men.”

The two men have been described as white, one aged between 42 and 45-years-old, around 5ft 10ins tall and of a stocky build.

The second man is believed to  be between 30 and 35-years-old, around 5ft 10in tall and of a lean build. and was wearing a black beanie hat and black trousers.

If you have any information please contact police on 101, quoting incident number 681 of 6 November.

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