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PSNI looking for men with 'Southern Irish' accents following 'distraction burglary'

An elderly man’s house was ransacked yesterday afternoon after a man claiming to be from the water board called to the property.

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DETECTIVES IN BELFAST have appealed for information about an alleged distraction burglary at a house in Kilcoole Park yesterday afternoon.

At about 1pm, an unknown male called to the property, claiming to be from the water board. While the man distracted the homeowner – a male in his 70s – two other people reportedly entered the house and ransacked an upstairs bedroom.

There was nobody injured during the incident but a number of items of jewellery were stolen.

According to the PSNI, the man who called at the door spoke with a ‘Southern Irish’ accent and is described as being about 25 years old, 5′ 9″ tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black woollen hat, black waterproof jacket, tan trousers and yellow and green industrial-type gloves. One of the other suspects also spoke with a ‘Southern Irish’ accent. He is thought to be about 20 years old, 5′ 8″ tall and of heavy-build. He wore a brown beanie hat and yellow and green industrial gloves.

The third man is understood to be younger, about 18 years old.

Police would ask anyone who noticed anyone or any vehicle acting suspiciously in the area to contact Detectives at Antrim Road on 0845 600 8000. 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.

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