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Man (80s) left badly shaken after distraction burglary in east Belfast

Tern Street, east Belfast. Credit: Google
Tern Street, east Belfast. Credit: Google

An man in his 80s has been left badly shaken after being the victim of a distraction burglary in east Belfast.

A man called to a flat in Tern Street at around 1.45pm on Tuesday stating he was from the Housing Executive and was there to check the water supply.

The man was shown into the flat and went to the kitchen with the occupant, a man aged in his 80s.

It is understood two men then let themselves into the flat through the front door, which had been purposely been left open by the visitor.

A short time later after becoming suspicious, the occupant checked the property and discovered the two men in his bedroom.

Both men and the original caller to the flat then fled the scene on foot towards Dee Street.

The victim was not injured but was left badly shaken after the incident and reported that a small sum of money had been taken.

The man who called the flat was described as being around 5’6” tall with dark hair.

Detective Sergeant Fairfield said: “I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to treat with caution unexpected persons who come to your door. Bogus callers use many guises.

"They may offer to do work around your property. Other callers may seek to gain entry to use facilities.

"When your attention is distracted an accomplice may enter your premises via an unlocked door to steal cash and items of value.

"Often you will not be aware this has occurred until they have left. Genuine callers will carry I.D. Please ask them to provide their I.D. documents for your inspection before permitting entry to your home.

“I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Tern Street area to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1069 of 23/07/19.

"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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