A retired couple who left their home for an hour-and-a-quarter last Wednesday night while they went to choir practice returned to find it burgled.
The husband and wife, who live in a development off the Brownstown Road, had deliberately left lights on in their home as a deterrant.
However, when they returned at 8.40pm, the lock on the back door had been broken and cash and jewellery taken.
The couple, who have lived in the house for 30 years, said they were shocked but relieved that their dog, which was in the house at the time, was unhurt.
The man said, “I don’t keep cash in the house but my wife had been on a trip to Dublin and there were 40 or 50 euros left. They took that and some jewellery, which includes one piece of sentimental value.
“They locked the dog in the living room and pulled everything out of the cupboards upstairs. It’s the annoyance of it but at least nobody was hurt.
“We thought the house was safe with the lights on but we think somebody was watching it. We are getting an alarm installed.”
Just two days later, a house in nearby Oakleigh Park was also burgled.
The incidents are among a number of recent burglaries in Portadown, with others reportedly having occurred in the Bocombra and Ballyhannon areas.
And in Tandragee, a safe containing a sum of cash was stolen from a house in Richmond Grove last Friday.
Chief Inspector Davy Beck said police had launched their Operation Seasons Greetings which will see targeted anti-burglary patrols throughout the district.
He added, “We are seeing a greater awareness within our local communities and more people are reporting suspicious activity to us. This is vital in helping us to prevent and deter burglary. If you see something that doesn’t look right, pick up the phone to us straight away and give us the opportunity to check it out.
“Unfortunately we cannot be everywhere all of the time and to anyone who finds themselves a victim of burglary, please rest assured that we will do everything in our power to conduct a thorough investigation, find the people responsible and bring them before the courts.”
He pointed out that between April and October of this year burglary in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon district decreased by 15.1 per cent, compared to the same period in 2014.