29/11/2006

County Armagh pensioner robbed by gang

Police have appealed for information after a pensioner was robbed by a gang in her home in County Armagh.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said that a gang of up to six men broke into the home of a woman aged in her early 80s, by forcing their way through a front window of her home in the Bessbrook area at around 7pm yesterday evening.

One of the men held the pensioner down, while the others ransacked her house.

They then made off with a sum of cash, possibly in a dark coloured car.

The woman sustained bruising to her wrists, and was left badly shaken by the incident.

One of the burglars is described as being around 50-years-old, around 6 feet tall and with short dark hair. He is said to have been wearing a dark coloured sweater and blue jeans.

A second burglar is described as being around 30-years-old, 6 feet tall, with short dark hair and was also wearing a dark coloured top and blue jeans.

The others are said to be aged in their 30s.

Detectives in County Armagh have asked for anyone who may have noticed the men or the car in the area around the time of the incident, or anyone with any information on those responsible for carrying it out, to contact them in County Armagh on 0845 600 8000, or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

(EF)

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