Police describe pensioner house robbery as ‘despicable’ and ‘heinous’

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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Condemning the actions of those who burgled a home in Lurganare Cross on Monday night, Area Commander, Chief Inspector David Beck said, “Crimes against any vulnerable member of our community are abhorrent and a conscious decision to break into the home of an elderly person and violate their personal property is despicable. The two gentlemen in this incident have been left extremely shaken by this incident and we are now working to find those responsible.” Beck continued, “Neighbourhood and crime prevention officers will also visit the two residents to provide some reassurance and crime prevention measures. Burglary is one of our policing priorities and we are continually taking steps to tackle this crime. As part of our anti-burglary strategy, we analyse information in relation to where and when burglaries are taking place and increase patrols in those areas. In this financial year, up to January 31st, we have seen burglary decrease by 13 percent across E District and by over 20 percent in Newry alone.” “We are making progress, however we understand that this does not make the crime any less heinous to those who are victims. Our investigation is now underway and we would ask for the continued help and co-operation of the local community. We would ask anyone who noticed any activity around the Lurganare Cross area last night between 6pm and 7pm, and in particular a dark coloured saloon car, to contact detectives in Newry on 0845 600 8000,” the Area Commander added.
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