Heartless burglar preys on pensioners

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Detectives investigating distraction burglaries at the homes of two elderly people in Glengormley have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The burglaries happened on the afternoon of Friday, September 1, but the PSNI only released details of the incidents this week.

At around 3pm, a 90-year-old resident of Archvale Avenue answered a knock at her door and was met by a man claiming to represent a cancer charity. The man asked for a donation and the householder obliged. When the man left the lady noticed that her purse had been stolen.

The man is described as being aged in his late 30s, approximately 5’ 5” tall, with dirty fair hair and wearing a light grey raincoat.

Police were later informed that a man also called at another property in Archvale Avenue the same afternoon. Again he asked for a donation, however, the money was handed over at the door and the man was not permitted inside the house.

Police believe that another burglary, in the Glenkeen Avenue area of Jordanstown on August 30, may also be linked.

An 88-year-old man was approached at his home by a man claiming to be collecting donations for a cancer charity. The man removed a sum of money and a bus pass from the victim’s wallet before leaving.

It is understood the incident was only reported to police on September 5.

Police have appealed for anyone with information that could help them identify the burglar to contact Newtownabbey CID on 0845 600 8000.

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