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Older people targeted in series of Belfast burglaries

Police have appealed for information
Police have appealed for information

The homes of a number of older people were targeted in burglaries in Belfast on Friday and Saturday.

Police are appealing for information after four burglaries in the last twenty four hours.

In the first incident, which took place at around 11.45am, a man tricked his way into the home of a woman in her 90s in Newtownbreda.

He rummaged through a number of rooms before fleeing along Church Road. At this stage it is unclear if anything was taken.

The intruder is described as 6’ tall, heavy build, clean shaven with short dull blonde hair. He was wearing dark clothing and spoke with a local accent.

Around 30 minutes later a man who was also in his 90s reported that a male had called at his Beechgrove Park address claiming to need to check drains.

He forced his way inside and after threatening the occupant, ransacked a number of rooms before fleeing with a number of items. The burglar is believed to be in his 30s and wearing dark clothing.

The third burglary took place in Callan Way. The intruder used the ruse of checking for a leak to gain entry to the home of a woman in her 70s. Once inside he stole her purse before making off.

All three victims were left shaken and upset by their ordeals. Police are investigating the possibility that the burglaries may have been linked and would like to speak to the driver of a dark-coloured vehicle, described as being similar to an X5, that was spotted close to the scene of one of the burglaries

Police have also appealed for information following a burglary in Dunmurry in the early hours of Saturday.

They received a report at 7:40am that entry was gained to a property in the Harris Crescent area sometime between 10pm last night and the time it was reported.

It was reported that rooms in the house were completely ransacked, and a white purse containing a sum of money was stolen. A woman who was in bed at the time of the burglary was not injured.

Detective Inspector Kerry Brennan described the burglary as a "despicable act which must have been frightening for the victim who was not only vulnerable but also completely helpless".

"It is disgusting that our older people should be targeted, and I am asking that anyone with information or who can help us identify the criminal involved, to please contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 259 of 09/03/19 ," she said.

"Information can also be given to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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