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Elderly Ballymena woman robbed in distraction burglary

Police say the same 'opportunistic thieves' targeted more elderly people this week

An elderly woman in Ballymena was the victim of a distraction burglary on Tuesday, May 1 and police believe the same thieves targeted others.

Detectives are investigating the crime along with a number of reports of suspicious activity in Ballymena and Carrickfergus.

Inspector Michael Simpson said a man and woman called to the door of an elderly woman living in sheltered accomodation, and whilst the woman distracted the elderly resident, the man entered the house and stole her hand bag.

"On several other occasions on Tuesday and Wednesday, a man and woman matching the same description, have gained entry to elderly persons establishments, and when challenged have stated in poor English they are there to visit a resident before leaving," he said.

"I believe all the incidents to be linked and that this couple are opportunistic thieves specifically targeting elderly, vulnerable people. They were both described as being around 30 years old, and spoke poor English possibly with an eastern European accent, and are believed to have been travelling in a small blue car.”

Inspector Simpson has urged anyone with information on the incidents to contact detectives at Ballymena on 101 quoting reference 689 on May 1, or to report it anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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