CARLOW, Ireland — Stamp this one as bizarre.
Police in Ireland are investigating reports that the body of a dead man was brought into a post office in an attempt to claim his pension, authorities said.
“It’s just mind-boggling that anyone could happen to do something like that,” Carlow Mayor Ken Murnane told The Associated Press. “It’s like a Hitchcock movie.”
The creepy incident began Friday morning when a man entered the post office in Carlow, The Irish Times reported.
According to police, the man wanted to collect a pension payment on behalf of an older man but was told that the pensioner would have to be present, the newspaper reported.
A short time later, the deceased pensioner was “propped up by two men” as his body was carried into the building, according to the Times.
The two men “dropped” the body and fled when staff members questioned them, the newspaper reported.
The dead man was identified as Peadar Doyle, 66, the Irish Independent reported. Neighbors described Doyle as “a very quiet man who kept to himself,” the newspaper reported.
Ireland’s national police force, the Garda Siochana, would not discuss details of the case, according to the AP. Officials said officers were investigating circumstances surrounding the “unexplained death of an elderly male” in the Carlow area, and that an autopsy would be performed.
“The services of the Garda Technical Bureau and the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested,” a statement to the BBC read.
Doyle’s body was removed from the scene on Friday night. No arrests had been made as of Saturday.
Fine Gael politician Fergal Browne told the Times that the incident was “shocking and very upsetting for everyone locally.
“You couldn’t make up what happened,” Browne told the newspaper. “It’s unreal. You are looking at it as a rational person, but whoever did this was not rational.”
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