Elderly targeted by thieves in separate burglaries

MAGHERAFELT Councillor Kate Lagan has condemned those responsible for two separate burglaries in Maghera and Tobermore as “dangerous thugs”.

Last Wednesday, a 93-year-old man was the victim of a ‘distraction’ burglary at his home in the Tirkane Avenue area of Maghera.

Sometime between 4pm-6pm the elderly resident answered a knock on his door to a man who engaged him in conversation and proceeded to enter his house. 

The unknown caller walked from room to room and then left having stolen two wallets and a sum of cash. The elderly victim was not injured.

The assailant is described as around between 25-45 years of age, around 5’8” height, medium build and was wearing wither a sports jacket or a suit jacket.

In nearby Tobermore a burglary occurred Wednesday at the home of an elderly woman at Main Street.

The incident occurred between 10.30am and 7.30pm at the house which is the second time the house was targeted in recent weeks.

SDLP Councillor Kate Lagan has condemned the attack on the elderly man in his home on Tirkane Road.
Cllr Lagan said: “This must have been a terrifying experience for the gentleman, when a thug ransacked his home. I am thankful that the man was not injured but will have been severely frightened by this ordeal. 
She also said her thoughts were with the elderly woman who was burgled in Tobermore, “I wish her a full recovery from this shocking experience.”

“Those responsible for such robberies, these dangerous thugs who are taking desperate measures to steal money or belongings must be caught and taken off our streets so that no other elderly person is put through this. I would urge local people to fully co-operate with police in this investigation for the sake of elderly people across the Magherafelt area.”

Police are appealing to anyone who may have noticed and suspicious vehicles in the area or unknown persons acting suspiciously around the Tirkane Road or Glenview areas.

Anyone who has information relating to either incident is urged to contact Magherafelt police station on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.