AN APPEAL has been launched after an elderly couple were targeted in a "despicable" theft.

North Wales Police received a report at 2.46pm on Monday that an elderly couple in First Avenue, Llay, had been victims of a distraction theft.

Three men were paid for carrying out work on a chimney, although witnesses report that no one was seen working on the roof.

Whilst the victims were paying for this “work”, one of the men went upstairs and stole cash from a bedroom.

The men offered to show the couple a video of the work they claimed to have carried out and went to their van to get it, but drove off in the direction of Mold.

According to police, the men spoke with Irish accents. One is described as having had a large beard.

Inspector Darren Whibberley said: “This is a despicable crime. These rogue traders deliberately target trusting elderly people. I would urge residents to not to accept work from cold callers.

“Our Neighbourhood Policing Team is working alongside council trading standards as part of the investigation."

Anyone who has information about this incident or the suspects, or who has seen similar suspicious behaviour, can call police on 101 or visit

quoting reference X116153.

For advice on how to deal with cold callers go to