Woman in 70s is left ‘shaken’ after masked raiders claiming to be paramilitaries search house for an hour before escaping with cash

The incident happened in the Creevamoy Road area.

A WOMAN in her 70s was uninjured but left shaken after being restrained whilst a masked gang searched a house for around an hour before leaving with a sum of money.

Police are investigating a report of a burglary at a house in the Creevamoy Road area of Broughshane – a rural district – on Tuesday December 3.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “It was reported that three masked men, wearing dark clothing, entered the house shortly after 8pm and searched the property whilst the occupant, a woman aged in her 70s, was restrained by one of the men.

“The men, who claimed to be from a paramilitary organisation, searched the house for around an hour before leaving by climbing a gate at the rear of the property with a sum of money.

“The woman was not injured but was left shaken following the incident.”

Detectives are investigating and would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact them in Ballymena on 101 quoting reference number 1787 03/12/19.

Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestopperes on 0800 555111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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