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PSNI hunt for 'bogus detective'

Police in Northern Ireland are searching for a con man who falsely posed as a detective in Newtownabbey.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are searching for a fake, plain clothed ‘detective’ who bogusly posed as a police officer at two homes in Newtownabbey on Wednesday, 26 September.

The man called to the first home in Rural Gardens, Glengormley where he claimed he was investigating a robbery at the address and had recovered cash from two youths he had arrested for the burglary. The con man then showed the householder a sum of cash which he claimed had been taken in the robbery and quizzed the resident about how much money he kept in the house and where he kept it

The second report came from a householder in the Beechview area of Ballyclare. Again the male claimed to be investigating a crime at the house, showed the householder a sum of money and asked questions about where money was kept in the house. Nothing was taken during either incident.

The man is described as in his late 50s or early 60s, well built, with a round face and stubble. He was wearing a dark waterproof jacket and what’s described as a navy fisherman’s hat.

Officers are also investigating a possible link with a similar report of a man, claiming to represent the Post Office, who called to a house on Jordanstown Road on 17 September.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the PSNI’s Criminal Investigation Department on  +44 (0)845 600 8000.

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