On 11th January at 1100 hrs the PSP Metropolitan Command of Lisbon, through the Police Division of Sintra, in the Parishes of Massamá and Monte Abraão, arrested, a  22 year old man, suspected of committing the crimes of false employment fraud and Theft in Residence.

The PSP, who is supporting a couple of citizens who are particularly vulnerable on account of their age (87 and 80 years old), informed the PSP that they had been the victim of a theft of money following visits by a suspect who claimed to be an employee of an energy distribution network.

From the measures taken it was possible to verify that a new visit of the said suspect to the residence of the couple was scheduled for a supposed “technical inspection”. The PSP  Massamá then monitored the visit and evaluate properly the events.

In the house, the patient was then arrested, using an employee identification card and a vesting device to conduct the new “technical inspection”, this time in the presence of the police.

It should be noted that the suspect also presented a card from a company providing services to the electricity distribution network operator. However it was found by the PSP that there was no record of any intervention or official visit of the company to that residence.

The detainee said that he had acquired goods with the money stolen, and a home search was launched at his residence, where items were recovered: a Mobile phone; a Laptop; a Smartwatch; and a pair of tennis shoes.

The detainee appeared before the Judicial Court of the District of Lisbon West, Sintra Nucleus for first judicial interrogation, and the measure of coercion and preventive custody.