Man posed as garda to steal elderly man’s wallet

Gardaí in Monaghan arrest two men following robbery near Scotch Corner

Gardaí in Monaghan have arrested a man who pretended to be a garda so he could steal an elderly man’s wallet. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí in Monaghan have arrested a man who pretended to be a garda so he could steal an elderly man’s wallet. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

 

Gardaí in Monaghan have arrested a man who pretended to be a garda so he could steal an elderly man’s wallet.

The incident happened near Scotch Corner at about 4.45pm on Friday, when the pensioner was stopped by a jeep.

The occupant of the jeep was said to have impersonated a member of An Garda Síochána before stealing the wallet and fleeing the scene.

The jeep was later recovered in Castleshane, Co Monaghan, at which point gardaí recognised it as a stolen vehicle.

A man in his 50s was arrested in Castleshane and a second man in his 40s was arrested soon after in Castleblayney in connection with the robbery.

Both men are being held at Monaghan Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.