Three men robbed an elderly woman in her home after grabbing her on the doorstep and forcing their way in, it was revealed today.
The 77-year-old was confronted by the gang after hearing a knock at the front door of the house in Windsor Avenue, Lisburn, at around 5.15pm yesterday.
One put a hand over her mouth and dragged her into the living room while the other two ransacked rooms.
Police said the raiders smashed the house phone before making off with a small sum of cash, including charitable collections, and bank books.
The pensioner was unhurt but shocked by her ordeal.
The men were described as aged between 25 and 30, over 6ft tall, and wearing light coloured tops and dark woolly hats. All spoke with local accents.
Police were also investigating two robberies in Co Down.
Three men, one carrying an iron bar and another a knife with an 8in blade, broke into a house in Edenderry between 7.30pm and 8pm yesterday.
A man in his 50s living in the property suffered head injuries as he struggled with the gang.
They ransacked the house and left with a sum of money.
The man's injuries are not believed to be serious.
One of the robbers is described as being in his mid-20s, 5ft 7in and of slim build, with short dark hair and a trimmed moustache. He was wearing dark blue jeans and a black jacket.
The one brandishing a knife was also in his mid-20s, 5ft 7in and slim, with dark hair. He too wore blue jeans and a black jacket.
The third man was in his 30s and of stout build, with short fair hair and a round face. He was wearing a light-coloured jacket.
In an incident police believed may be linked, three men broke into the home of a woman in her 80s in Dromore town centre around an hour and a half earlier.
One remained with her while another searched the house. They made off with a sum of cash.