Burglars strike at older peoples’ homes in broad daylight

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Police are investigating a series of burglaries at the homes of older people during daylight hours while the occupants were running errands.

The homes were in the Castlederg and Londonderry area.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Marshall said: “The homes, one in the Heathfield area and the other in Rockport Park, were entered sometime between 10am and noon on Friday 26 July. Cash was stolen from both properties and jewellery was also taken from Heathfield.

“Similar burglaries were also reported to have taken place at houses on Hospital Road & Upper Strabane Road in Castlederg a short time later. It’s believed these occurred between 11am and 3pm. A small sum of money was stolen from one of the properties and damage was caused to the other.

“All four crimes took place while the occupants were out running errands and each was left shocked by the invasion of their home while they were simply out going about their daily lives.”

The Detective Sergeant added: “I am appealing for anyone with information or who may have witnessed anything or anyone out of the ordinary in any of the areas targeted, to please contact detectives at Strand Road on 101.”

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”