Man (40) is due to appear at Ballymena Court on charges related to alleged ‘dead dog’ scam

A 40-year-old man has been charged with two counts of theft and two counts of fraud in relation to an alleged ‘dead dog’ scam.

He is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday 28th November. As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.

The charges are in relation to two reports of theft at the Toome Road, Ballymena, on Thursday 10th & Friday 11th October.

In October detectives had appealed for information following two reports of theft in the Toome Road area of Ballymena.

A police spokesperson had said at the time: “At around 9pm on Thursday 10th October a man called to a house in the area. The elderly male occupant inside the property was informed by the man that he had run over his dog and veterinary costs had to be paid.

“Upon hearing this, the occupant made his way to a nearby cash machine in the Antrim Road area to withdraw a sum of money. The male, who accompanied him then made off upon receiving the money.

“On Friday 11th October, the male occupant received a phone call stating the dog had passed away and money was needed for the burial.

“A sum of money was withdrawn by the man and left at a property in the town as instructed.

“Police were notified of both incidents and enquiries have established the details regarding the dog were false.”

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