Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 40s in relation to the theft of over €20,000 in the Cloyne area of Co. Cork in March 2016.
In March 2016, the injured party in this incident gave over €20,000 to the suspect to carry out building work. Only minimal work was completed at a house in Cloyne, Co Cork and the money was not returned to the owner.
In April 2018, a complaint was made to An Garda Síochána in Midleton and following an investigation, a man in his 40s was arrested on the 17th June 2019. He was brought to Midleton Garda Station and was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He has since been charged and is due to appear before the Courts at a later 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 of 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.”