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Derry police investigate spate of burglaries on older people

Police are appealing for information about the attack (Joe Giddens/PA)
Police are appealing for information about the attack (Joe Giddens/PA)

Police in Derry are investigating a number of burglaries on older people in the area on Monday.

The incidents happened in Killeter around noon and then a few hours later in the Magheramason and Strabane areas.

Detective Sergeant Richard Donnell said: "We received a report shortly after 12.10pm that two men arrived at a house in the Woodside Road area of Killeter, at least one of whom was reported to have been armed with a screwdriver.

"One of the suspects spoke with the male outside the house while the other suspect is believed to have entered the property. It was reported the two males subsequently re-entered the property before making off with the man's wallet which contained a small quantity of cash."

The resident was not injured but left shaken by his ordeal.

The suspects, both described as having dark hair and having worn dark-coloured clothing, are reported to have fled in a black vehicle, possibly a BMW with an English registration .

A few hours later two further burglaries were reported.

A property on Victoria Road in Magheramason was ransacked and money taken as the female resident sat outside, meanwhile the occupant of a house on Woodend Road in Strabane returned home to find her property had been entered and jewellery stolen.

Sergeant Richard Donnell said domestic burglary was a priority for police and urged anyone who spotted suspicious activity no matter ho inginificant to contact a101.

He continued: "We believe these burglaries are linked and may also be linked to other crimes in recent days, including an incident in the Fyfin Road area of Victoria Bridge where a wallet was stolen at knife point at around 1.10pm. The suspects fled in a dark-coloured car.

"I want to appeal to anyone who knows anything about any of these incidents, or who saw a black coloured car - possible a BMW with an English registration - in these areas acting suspiciously, to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 521 of 13/05/19.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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