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Distraction Robbery

Thieves stole pensioners' wallet as he made them a cup of tea

The men were allowed into the property after telling the homeowner they would do some work on his roof.

DETECTIVES IN NEWTOWNABBEY are appealing for information following a distraction burglary at a house in the Hillview Avenue area of Carrickfergus yesterday.

At around 5pm, two men called at the home of an elderly man offering to do work on the roof of the house.

The men were allowed into the property and while the householder went to make them a cup of tea they stole two wallets containing a sum of cash from the living room before making off.

It is believed the pair made off in a dark blue coloured van or jeep towing a trailer.

The elderly householder was left shaken but uninjured.

One of the men is described as being aged in his 40’s, approximately 5’7″ tall, of stocky build with short dark hair.

The second is described as being aged in his 20’s, approximately 5’11″ tall, athletic build with frizzy/curly hair.

At least one of them spoke with an Irish accent.

Detectives would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information to contact CID at Newtownabbey Police Station on the new non-emergency number 101.

The PSNI are urging householders to be aware of unidentified callers and recommending that ID is asked for.

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