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Thieves steal 97-year-old woman's handbag as she visited cemetery


Carnmoney Cemetery.

Carnmoney Cemetery.

Carnmoney Cemetery.

Heartless thieves have stolen a 97-year-old woman's handbag while she visited her daughter-in-law's grave.

The victim's son spoke to the Newtownabbey Times about the incident after a similar theft.

Jim Long was taking his mother, Mary to see the new headstone on his late wife Anne’s grave on a quiet Friday afternoon when the thieves struck.

“My mother wanted to see the new headstone so I’d taken her up to the cemetery,” Mr Long told the Newtownabbey Times.

“She’s on a zimmer so I was helping her across the grass and we were about half way to the grave when I heard my car alarm going off.

"I looked back and I could see a car pulled up level beside mine. I walked back towards the car and the other one drove off.

“I had left the window open about two inches and they’d used something to put through the gap and open the door. They stole my mother’s handbag, which she’d left on the floor of the car. She had just collected her pension money so there must have been about £350 in the bag.”

Mr Long said both he and his mother were “shocked and upset” at the sickening attack.

“They’re scumbags,” he added.

Police are investigating and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has advised people visiting cemeteries to ensure cars are locked and valuables out of sight.

Belfast Telegraph