Elderly residents the main targets in burglaries

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Elderly residents were the main targets of a spate of burglaries and suspicious incidents last Friday, January 9.

A pensioner living in the Drumanphy Road area had a sum of money stolen after an unknown man called at his house shortly before 4.30pm enquiring about replacing electricity poles.

When the householder went outside and then back into his house there were two men inside. They ran out the front door. It is believed they left in a car.

Meanwhile, two unknown men called at the house of an elderly woman in the Millview Park area of Richhill between 1-2pm, claiming they were there to check her cooker. They entered the house, looked at the cooker and then left.

It is not believed anything was stolen.

Shortly before 4pm, a man in the Cloveneden Road area of Loughgall saw three men acting suspiciously at the rear of his home. They were in a silver car.

When challenged by the householder, he was told they were “looking for someone”. The caller felt their actions were suspicious.

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said urged everyone to be alert to this type of crime. He said, “You should remember that any genuine caller to your door will have identification which you have every right to ask for and verify.

“If you are unsure, telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90.

“If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.”

He added, “Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere that may encourage you to leave your house - they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act upon this distraction.”

He said all suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately. The non emergency police number is 101, and in an emergency dial 999.