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05th Apr 2022

Belfast woman in her 80s burgled twice in 2 days

Police are currently investigating the “appalling crimes”.

An elderly woman has been burgled twice in the space of two days in Belfast.

Police have appealed to the public for information following Tuesday morning’s break-in at her home at Bearnagh Drive, when jewellery and money were reported stolen.

The previous break-in on Monday saw her handbag, containing a large sum of money, taken as well as bank cards and gift vouchers.

Police now say they are looking for a man in his 40s in connection with the crimes.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Natalie Ash said: “These are appalling crimes and will cause real shock to the local community.

“This intruder made his way into this older woman’s home on Monday morning around 11am and made off with her handbag from her living room.

“Following this incident, the woman was sleeping in bed last night and an intruder has again gained entry to the house.

“The bedroom has been ransacked and jewellery stolen which is of great sentimental worth. There were no signs of forced entry to the house and this was reported around 8.15am.

“This has been an extremely distressing ordeal for the victim and her daughter who has been supporting her mother.”

The male suspect for the initial burglary is described as being in his 40s with dark hair.

He was said to be wearing a blue jacket at the time of the incident. He was also seen getting into a small grey/silver car which was heading towards the Andersonstown Road.

The detective added that police are doing everything they can to track down the person responsible.

Anyone with information or who may have noticed any suspicious activity, or anyone who saw this man near the Bearnagh Drive area over recent days, is urged to contact PSNI on 101 quoting reference number 240 05/04/22.