Bogus plumber sought by Gardai following theft

Paul Healy  A man who called to business premises’ in Roscommon town posing as a plumber -but who in fact was a thief – came to the attention of Gardai in recent days.    The man, who is in his late fifties, called into at least three businesses in Roscommon town on April 15th last and gained access to private quarters after he claimed to be a plumber.  Sum of money   The man succeeded in stealing a sum of money from a business just off Main Street after successfully posing as a plumber and claiming that he wanted to carry out an inspection.    The man called to at least two more premises’ on the same day. One local businessman told the Roscommon People of his experience. ‘This man came in in the  afternoon and said he was calling to inspect our water meter. He looked very authentic and confident. We allowed him to go upstairs and our suspicions were only raised when he asked a member of staff for a key to one of the rooms upstairs. We refused but he persisted. At that point we became suspicious and asked him to leave.’    A break-in on the same day in a nearby premises may have been carried out by the same man. That theft involved a man gaining entry to what Gardai described as ‘staff stores’. Gardai say that three ladies’ lockers were interfered with and contents of same were stolen.    A Garda spokesperson confirmed to the Roscommon People that a man, thought to be in his late fifties, was being sought in connection with at least one of the incidents.      The Garda spokesperson said that local Gardai were investigating. He added that he would remind business people and householders to always ask for identification when persons call and claim to be representing a company or conducting particular business.