PSNI probe link to pensioner burglaries in north Belfast


Two elderly north Belfast residents have been left shaken after their separate homes were burgled last night.

In the first incident at 7.05pm on October 5, the elderly female occupant of a Lawnview Street house was knocked to the ground when she opened the door to a man who pushed past her into the property.

The man - who was wearing a black woollen hat, dark clothing and gloves - made off empty handed when the pensioner started shouting.

In the second incident, at 7.30pm, an elderly male was knocked to the ground in the Graymount Drive area of Newtownabbey, again after answering a knock at the door when a man burst into his home.

A second male entered the house and placed his hand over the elderly man’s mouth while a third male stayed outside the property.

The pensioner sustained a graze to his elbow as a result of the incident. And his elderly sister, who was inside the house at the time, was not injured.

A PSNI spokesman said the burglars made off with an empty cardboard box.

Police believe the suspects may have arrived in the area in an old type silver Vauxhall Vectra car driven by another male. This car was seen making off in the direction of Grays Lane.

Detectives are investigating a link between these incidents and Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson is appealing for anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.