A warning has been issued to people to be wary of bogus house visitors after a woman in Letterkenny had a bank card taken during a visit by a man purporting to be from the ESB.
The woman was approached at her home in the Ballymacool area of the town on Thursday by a man purporting to be an ESB employee. It is understood the man told the woman that he was there to renew her electricity meter.
The man made off with a bank card and later withdrew several hundred euro in cash. He was apprehended by gardaí in Letterkenny town centre after gardaí checked CCTV footage.
The man appeared in court in Dublin on Friday. A garda spokesman said the suspect has admitted other offences that were committed in the Milford and has been remanded to appear in court in Letterkenny.
Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Paschal Blake warned people in the town to be wary of bogus house calls.
“it is important in the run-up to Christmas and at this particular time of year the dark evenings that people in all parts of the town are very wary,” he said. He urged the elderly to make contact with neighbours or family members if they were unsure about a caller.