Criminals hit a new low as sobbing boy is used as a decoy in robbery of OAP
A YOUNG boy was used as a decoy in a burglary at the home of an elderly woman.
Gardai have now warned householders to be vigilant as thieves "stoop to new lows".
The victim, who lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare, answered her door to find a small child in an upset state.
While she was distracted, a man slipped into the kitchen through a side entrance and stole cash from a handbag.
Burglars are "stooping to a new low" in the manner in which they carry out robberies, Kildare county councillor Paddy Kennedy told the Herald.
"It's absolutely terrible. We've put up with a lot of different things down through the years (in cases) where elderly people have been robbed," he said.
In the last number of weeks, a pensioner had to leave her home in Newbridge and move in with her daughter in Naas after being robbed for the fourth time, the Independent councillor revealed.
"It's very sad when these things are happening," said Mr Kennedy, who is chair of the council's Joint Policing Committee (JPC).
The latest incident took place on February 3 at 7.45pm.
The woman, who lives at The Grange housing estate, answered her door and found the child crying at the entrance.
Sgt Seamus Rothwell of Newbridge Garda Station told reporters the boy was crying and kicking the door, while complaining about his parents.
During the commotion, a man managed to get into the house through a side door.
However, the woman's son came down the stairs and discovered the thief standing in the kitchen.
The man fled, taking with him a small amount of cash out of a handbag. The boy made off at the same time.
The man was in his 20s and was wearing a woolly hat over what was thought to be tightly-cut hair.
Sgt Rothwell sent out a general warning to people to lock all their doors, even when they are at home.
Mr Kennedy said crime levels in the locality are getting worse.
"It seems to be getting worse when you see something like that happening, when a child is used. Newbridge is getting its fair share (of robberies)," the councillor added.