Burglars In Balaclavas Threaten Elderly Man In Derry-Londonderry

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By Adam Evans

Two people in balaclavas have threatened an elderly man with a screwdriver in his own home in Derry-Londonderry.

The PSNI say a woman held the 85-year-old in his bathroom on Friday night while a man searched the house on Maple Road in Coshquin.

They got away with cash and a mobile phone.

Here's the full statement from Detective Constable Richard Donnell:

“Sometime between 10pm and 10.30pm, a man and a woman both wearing balaclavas entered the property.

They confronted the 85 year old male occupant in the doorway to the bathroom, threatening him with a screwdriver and demanding money. The intruders forced the victim into the bathroom where the female held him as the male searched the rest of the house.

The pair made off with a sum of cash and the resident's mobile phone after pulling out the property's landline telephone cable.

The victim, who was unable to raise the alarm until the following morning, Saturday 13 May, was left very shaken but was physically uninjured.

We are appealing to anyone who may have any information to contact police at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 463 of the 13/05/17 Or, alternatively 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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