Monday 19 March 2018

'Despicable thugs' target 101-year-old man in home burglary

Pat Gillespie
Pat Gillespie
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Burglars who targeted the home of a 101-year-old man have been described as 'wasters and cowards'.

On Friday thieves broke into the home of Pat Gillespie at Railway Street through a back window and made off with quantity of cash.

SDLP MLA for the area Daniel Wray McCrossan said a reward had been offered to help catch the "three completely useless and pitiful wasters" who entered the man's house.

"Following last night's shocking and despicable robbery, the entire community has been left angered, shocked and determined to find those responsible," said Mr Wray McCrossan.

"The victim is one of life’s great characters, independent and full of life and energy. At 101 nothing holds him back, not even these cowards.

"A very generous local business man, angered and frustrated, has come forward and offered a cash reward to anyone who can bring forward the information which will lead to the conviction of those responsible, he said.

"Strabane people are at our best when we pull together and help each other. Let’s send a message of zero tolerance to those responsible. I am truly and absolutely disgusted and angry to learn that three completely useless and pitiful wasters, walked into the house and robbed him.

"This gentle and civil man, who is widely respected and loved by the people of Strabane did not deserve to fall victim to three despicable, heartless thugs."

Detective Constable Richard Donnell said: “Police received at a report just after 9:30pm that earlier that evening the occupant of the house, an elderly male, was confronted by three men who had forced their way through a back window.

“This was a disgusting and cowardly attack in which the intruders left with a quantity of cash.

“Thankfully, the man was not physically injured during the incident, however, he has been left shaken by the ordeal.

“We are appealing for anyone who was in the Railway Street area last night and saw anything suspicious to contact detectives at Strabane Criminal Investigation Branch on the non emergency number, quoting reference 1623 27/10/17, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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