A GLENGORMLEY pensioner has spoken of her distress at discovering her home had been burgled, last Wednesday, December 12. She is urging people in the locality to be vigilant in the face of "expert" thieves.
The 75-year-old, who does not wish to be named, left her house in the Burney's Lane area at 7pm, returning at around 11pm to find her home in a "state of chaos."
Her television, antique jewellery, personal correspondence and Christmas gifts were taken in the break in.
An intruder or intruders broke the security lights at the back of the property and entered the semi-detached bungalow through a window at the rear of the house.
Describing the discovery she had been burgled as "very distressing" the lady said: "When I came in there were things lying on the hall floor, items which I think they hadn't had time to collect.
"They cleared out all of the drawers and the wardrobes and cupboards -ndash; everything was completely cleared out and dumped onto the floor.
"My living room was just covered with receipts, accounts, reference books, everything."
The woman had to live in the house without touching anything until the forensic team could carry out their investigations the following day: "To get into bed one policeman did move quite a lot of items wearing special gloves and put everything on the floor," she said.
Explaining why she thinks the burglar/s were "experts", she said: "Some items of silver were stolen, they took what was considered quite good and left other silver plated items.
"Also, they left anything that was dress jewellry: I had some pearls which look really wonderful but they aren't real, they didn't take them. They were able to distinguish the real pearls which is amazing and actually in my mind, the real pearls look more imitation than the imitation ones."
The woman is still discovering the extent of the crime.
"I keep going to get things and discover they're missing," she said.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Newtownabbey Police Station on 0845 600 8000, or they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.