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Community ‘living in fear’ after opportunistic theft

A STRABANE woman has described how residents of the Jefferson Court area are ‘living in fear’ after opportunistic thieves made off with over £600 of bathroom fittings. 

In recent days, Strabane woman Mary McAlynn was unnerved to discover a selection of bathroom fittings, which had been stored in the garage of a house she was renovating in Jefferson Court, had been stolen.

Among the items stolen were a new shower door, a shower tray and a bath and Mary says local residents are living in fear of repeat thefts. 

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“A lot of residents in Jefferson Court are elderly and are deeply scared by what has happened,” she said. 

“It just goes to show who is about and what can happen and many are living in fear. It was an opportunistic theft.

“The fittings had been delivered to the garage and were going to be fitted by a plumber. We are currently renovating the house with the intention of moving in. 

“Over £600 worth of fittings were stolen and this is something we can’t afford.

“Insurance hasn’t covered us so it will be coming directly out of our pockets. It is a big loss to us.” 

And Mary says she isn’t hopeful that the items will be returned.

“A post on social media has been shared countless times and a police appeal hasn’t yielded anything,” she said. “With so many workmen going in and out of the house lately, it would be hard for someone to pin down exactly when the items were stolen.”

According to a PSNI spokesperson, an investigation into the theft is  ongoing.

“We are currently investigating a burglary which occurred in the Jefferson Court area of Strabane sometime between August 15 and 20. 

“A white bath, white shower tray and a shower door (clear glass white trim) have been stolen from a property under renovation.

“We would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at that time to contact us on 101 quoting police reference number 627 22/08/18.”

 

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