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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Attempted distraction burglary at Robinson Avenue

Detectives in Ballymoney are appealing for information following the report of an attempted distraction burglary that happened in the Robinson Avenue area on the morning of Wednesday 10 June.

At around 11.50am, police received a report that a neighbour had disturbed three men in and around of the home of an elderly gentlemen.

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Initial accounts suggest that one man had distracted the homeowner in his back garden while two others made their way upstairs claiming to be there to check the water. It is unclear at this point if anything was taken. The men were said to have run away in the direction of the Newall Road.

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Detective Chief Inspector James Mullan said: “I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives in Coleraine Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“This was an extremely unsettling experience for the elderly gentleman and his neighbours. I would ask for help from within our community in identifying these offenders, specifically anyone who was in the Robinson Avenue or Newall Road area who saw three unfamiliar men.

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“I would also remind people of some simple crime prevention steps we can all take in thwarting these callous criminals. Also, please look out for your elderly or vulnerable neighbours or family members and share the following crime prevention tips with them. Think before you open the door and use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.”

If you are unsure, telephone Quick Check, the special free phone service, on 0800 013 22 90.

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