Man charged with alleged theft from homeowner

Man charged with alleged theft from homeowner

Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 40s in relation to the theft of over €20,000 in the Cloyne area.

The incident occurred in March 2016 when only minimal work was done to a house, but none of the money paid for the full job was returned.

Gardai said today that a complaint was made to them in April 2018 and a man in his 40s was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act on Monday.

He has now been charged and is due to appear in court at a future date.

Speaking at Fermoy Garda Station, Crime Prevention Officer John Kelly said: "If someone calls to your door offering you professional trade services or selling goods and you are worried they are not bona fide, tell the caller that you never employ deal with people who ‘cold call’ to your door."

"Ask for a brochure or documentation so you can carry out checks and verify their credibility. This should include a contact number and a V.A.T registered number. Be careful of documentation that only displays mobile contact numbers or incomplete addresses."

"Check with friends and neighbours to see if they have used the company to carry out any work. If you are satisfied that the company or individual(s) are credible and you want to make a purchase, ask for an itemised written quotation for the exact goods or services being offered."

"Never rely on the accuracy of the information, always verify the information yourself. Always seek comparable estimates for services. Never engage a person who insists on a cash payment as it is untraceable.”

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