Belfast Telegraph

Two OAPs targeted in Belfast distraction burglaries

By Staff Reporter

Distraction burglars targeted two elderly people in north Belfast on Tuesday.

At around 12.30pm, a man called at the home of a woman in Brookvale Street and claimed he was there to check her water.

After the occupant let him in, he kept her talking in the kitchen, but it is not believed that he was able to steal anything.

The suspect is described as being around 30 years old, 5ft 11ins tall, with dark combed-over hair. He was wearing beige trousers, a brown jumper and a checked shirt.

In a separate incident, a man called at the home of another man on the Shore Road shortly after 1pm and again claimed he was checking water quality.

After he was let in, he kept the resident talking in the kitchen. When he left, the occupant of the house discovered that a number of personal documents had been stolen from a bedroom.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20s, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, with short, dark hair, combed over and clean shaven.

Appealing for information, detective chief inspector Gary Reid said he believed the incidents were connected.

"Always use the 'Lock, Chain, Check' routine when answering the door to strangers," he said. "Lock all doors when not in use and use a door chain or bar when opening the door to callers.

"Check the identity of callers before opening the door. Ensure back doors are locked before answering or opening the front door. If unsure, do not open the door and do not let them in.

"Ask all callers for proof of ID. Inspect their credentials carefully and ensure the photo is theirs."

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