Police appeal over ‘despicable’ burglaries targeting elderly in Ballymena and Broughshane


Detectives in Ballymena are appealing for witnesses and information after a series of ‘despicable’ burglaries targeting the homes of elderly residents of the Ballymena and Broughshane areas.

The incidents took place between Tuesday February 14 and Wednesday February 15.

Chief Inspector McCauley revealed that the victims’ houses were ransacked and jewellery stolen during the burglaries.

“The burglaries appear to be occurring during the day, often when the victims have been out of their homes for a relatively short time,” he stated.

“As a result of the break-ins, the properties are being ransacked and quantities of jewellery stolen have been stolen.

“Crimes against the elderly are among the most despicable and the police service takes the issue extremely seriously, remaining committed to bringing the perpetrators of these crimes before the courts.

“Police would ask the community to watch out for older neighbours, and call regularly with them, as such support can be vital in providing reassurance and making them feel safe.

“Neighbours are also asked to make police aware of any incident they consider to be suspicious, regardless of how trivial it may seem.”

Chief Inspector McCauley appealed for anyone who had information or had witnessed suspicious activity in the Ballymena or Broughshane areas, or who has recently been offered jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances, to contact detectives at Ballymena Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, to provide information without giving details contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.