07/12/2006

Police investigate two house burglaries in South Belfast

Four men have robbed two elderly women in their South Belfast home.

The gang of four, two armed with large screwdrivers, forced their way into the sister's home at Diamond Gardens, Finaghy at around 6.30pm on Wednesday evening.

A police spokesperson said that one of the sisters heard a noise in the hallway and when she went to investigate a man grabbed her by the arm.

The men, who had forced their way into the house via the front door, ransacked the house.

The made off with a sum of money and a dark blue coloured car which police said has not been recovered.

Elsewhere, a 92-year-old woman was struck in the face during a burglary of her home in south Belfast on Tuesday evening.

Police say that five men forced their way into the pensioner's home in Marlborough Park North.

Two of the men kept her in a room while the others ransacked the house. They demanded money, threatened her and struck her in the face a number of times.

Police have appealed for anyone with information on either incident to contact detectives.

(SP/CD)

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