Limavady pensioner "devastated" after robbery

An 83-year-old woman from Limavady, County Londonderry, says she has been "devastated" by a distraction burglary.

Police say one man knocked on the woman's door and said he was there to test tap water on Tuesday afternoon.

While she was distracted, a second man made his way upstairs to steal money and jewellery.

The woman, who has lived in her home for 79 years, says she has been left "scared" and "embarrassed."

"I asked the man at the door who he worked for but I couldn't get a straight answer. I asked him where he was from and he said the Antrim area," she said.

"I let him in which is probably very gullible of me.

"He started playing around with the taps and his phone kept ringing which distracted me. I didn't think about the possibility of a second person rummaging through my things upstairs."


The pensioner says the two men got away with almost £600 and sentimental items of jewellery.

"It's all the money I had and I've never had that much money at once in my lifetime. I was for getting new carpets and I was saving up. Another reason why I answered the door was because I thought the carpet fitter was for visiting. It's a lot of money and it's heartbreaking.

"They also took a number of gold rings which my mother gave to me when I was quite young. She also gave me a ring just before she died. I would love them back so I can pass them on to other members of my family one day.

"To think that someone has been through your house is devastating. They have been touching my things and I just feel sick.

"I live on my own and it's frightening even to go up the stairs."

The incident happened in the area of Church Street, Limavady, between 12:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday 12 February. The police appeal for anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact them.