Conman posing as an official checking water for ‘salt’ targets elderly woman in her home

AN ELDERLY woman was targeted by a conman posing as an official claiming to be checking water for salt.

Residents are being urged to be vigilant following an incident in Parkgate.

The PSNI Antrim Facebook page said: “One of the things I despise most is those who target the vulnerable in our communities.

“Yesterday morning an elderly lady in Parkgate had a male at her door claiming to be from NI Water Service wishing to test the water for salt.

“The male is described as being ‘hefty with short dark hair.’ She permitted him entry leading him through to the kitchen and observed him whilst he lifted several pots and pans from cupboards and began running the water very fast. He was chatty during this time.

“The lady then observed two “young boys” in her garden. She asked the male in her house to check the two and he left the property and ran off with the other two in the direction of Ballyclare. Nothing was taken but it’s clear something was being planned.

“If anyone calls at your house claiming to be from a utilities company you can call 101 and we will check this out. Further information is contained in the photograph. Any information on this incident please contact police quoting 558 of 04/05/20.”

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