A sneak thief carried off a large amount of cash in a burglary in Wilkinstown yesterday after telling the elderly resident of a house that he had found money outside and wanted to know if the resident owned it.

Gardaí are investigating the robbery which took place when a man entered a house in the Ladyrath area of Wilkinstown between 12 noon and 12.30 pm.

He spoke to a resident in the house, a man in his 70s, who was carrying cash in his hand.

The thief claimed he had found the money and wanted to know if it belonged to the resident.

He then went into other rooms of the house and took a quantity of cash before fleeing the scene on foot.

Anybody who was in the area or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour around the time of the burglary is asked to contact Navan Garda Station on 046 907 9930