Pensioner’s handbag stolen as she visits cemetery

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Police are investigating an incident at Carnmoney Cemetery on Sunday afternoon (May 8) during which a woman stole a pensioner’s handbag.

At approximately 1pm a woman aged in her 70s was getting bags out of her car at the cemetery when a woman aged in her 20s made off with her tan coloured handbag. The bag contained money, a mobile phone, vouchers and bank cards.

The woman who stole the bag got into a beige coloured car with Republic of Ireland registration plates. An older woman and two children were also in this car.

Constable Laura Lowry said: “I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact Newtownabbey Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Sunday’s theft is the latest in a series of similar incidents over recent months, and police have urged people visiting local cemeteries to be vigilant.