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Police investigating link between two 'despicable' Belfast burglaries

One of the burglaries took place in the Windsor Road area of south Belfast on Tuesday evening.
One of the burglaries took place in the Windsor Road area of south Belfast on Tuesday evening.

Police are investigating a possible link between two burglaries at the homes of older people in Belfast.

In the first incident, two men called at the home of a older man in the Windsor Road area of south Belfast at around 7pm on Tuesday claiming to be there to fix the water.

"One stayed with the occupant, while the other ransacked a spare room," police said.

"The two left when they were disturbed by a visitor and it is believed that a quantity of jewellery may have been stolen in the incident. The householder was not physically hurt but was left shaken by the ordeal."

An hour later, an older woman was left shaken after three men entered her home in the Park Avenue area of east Belfast, also claiming to be there to fix the water, and stole cash.

It was reported the men then ran down Park Grange and got into a blue or silver vehicle.

"It is despicable that an older and vulnerable person should have been targeted in this way," police said.

"We are investigating a possible link to a similar incident in the Windsor Road area of south Belfast reported around the same time.

"I am appealing to the community to help us identify and locate those responsible. If you have any information, or witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area on Tuesday evening, please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting reference 1143 of 05/02/19."

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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