102-year-old woman ‘extremely shaken’ after burglar steals £1,000 of her pension money


POLICE are appealing for information after a burglar made off from a 102-year-old woman’s house with £1,000 in pension money.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “At approximately 5pm on Wednesday 30th January 2019 a male in his 40s wearing a blue yacht cap and a fleece knocked on the rear door of a 102 year old female’s house.

“This lady was on her own at the time and opened the door allowing this male to enter. This male has then asked for her pension which she went and gave him. This was around £1,000 and the suspect has left via the front door with all the money.

“This occurred in a small estate close to Magheramorne House and police are requesting if anyone witnessed this male in the area or if anyone was driving along the Shore Road at Magheramorne and has dash cam footage to check this footage for any suspicious behaviour in and around the Newpark area of Magheramorne, Larne.

“If you have any information which can assist in identifying this suspect and returning this lady’s pension please contact detectives in Ballymena CID quoting incident number 1019 30/01/19.

In an updated media release, police said detectives were investigating a burglary.

Detective Sergeant Leighanne Robinson said: “A man entered the home of an older woman at around 5pm and demanded cash. He subsequently left with her pension money.

“The householder was understandably left extremely shaken by the ordeal.

“It is absolutely despicable and morally reprehensible that a vulnerable older person has been targeted by an unscrupulous criminal. Taking pension money is unconscionable.

“I am appealing to the community to help us identify and locate the person responsible. He’s described as being in his 40s and was wearing a dark-coloured fleece and blue yacht cap.

“If you saw anyone matching this description, or if you captured any dashcam footage in the area on Wednesday evening, please get in touch with us by calling 101 quoting reference 1019 30/1/19.”

Alternatively, information can 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.

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