A great grandmother has told of her shock after thieves posing as workers from the Water Board stole more than £600 in cash from her home in daylight — including money left to her by a beloved son who died last year.
Margaret Dornan (79), from Fort Street off the Springfield Road in Belfast, was surrounded by concerned family members yesterday after being left shaken by the so-called distraction burglary at around 10am on Tuesday.
The pensioner, who has been widowed for more than 20 years, recalled a well-dressed man calling to her door claiming he needed to turn the water off in the kitchen of Mrs Dornan’s home.
Fifteen minutes later as the man left the house a second man appeared from upstairs where, it was later discovered, he had been ransacking the great-grandmother’s bedroom before making off with £660 in cash.
Sitting in the living room of the home where she has lived for 74 years the mother-of-six still appeared visibly shocked yesterday.
“If you’re honest yourself you don’t think anybody else would do a thing like this,” she told the Belfast Telegraph.
“They pulled out the second drawer of the dressing table in my bedroom and threw everything all over the bed. I just felt rotten after it happened.
“I hate the thought of someone going through my private things.”
Following the death last year of her 49-year-old son Jim, who had lived with his mother all his life, Mrs Dornan said she cherished the money he left her for its sentimental value.
“He left me that money and I was never going to spend it,” said the widow, who had also been saving up to buy a new bed. “That was something I had of his to keep and I can’t believe it’s gone.”
Mrs Dornan’s daughter Anne Campbell said the whole family was stunned to hear what had happened. “My brother did everything for her and now that he’s gone and this has happened, it has knocked her for six,” she said.
One of the intruders was described as around 5ft 6ins tall, clean-shaven and wearing a suit, while the other had dirty fair hair and was wearing jeans and a navy and red top.