Pensioner robbed in Killeter

A PENSIONER from Killeter is said to have suffered a terrifying ordeal at the hands of two robbers.

The man, who is understood to be in his late 70s, was threatened with a screw driver by one of the assailants while the other ransacked his home during an incident on Monday afternoon.

Outlining the attack today, local councillor, Kieran McGuire described those involved as the “lowest of the low.”

“The man – almost 80 years old – was returning from the Post Office when he was followed home by two males, one aged around 17,” the Sinn Féin representative explained.

“They went to his door and asked him some question about a cat on the road. One of them then pushed in past him and ransacked the house while the other held him with a screwdriver and robbed him of his wallet.

“They then fled in what is believed a black 1 Series BMW with an English registration.”

Cllr McGuire said the car also fits the description of one being used during robberies in Magheramason and Strabane earlier on Monday.

He continued, “The thoughts and sympathy of this community are very much with this elderly local man who had to suffer this frightening ordeal and with all those who have fallen victim to this roaming gang who can only be described as the lowest of the low.

“If anyone has any information which can help lead to the apprehension of this or other roaming gangs who are plaguing our local communities on both sides of the border or come across suspicious activity, they should contact the respective authorities immediately.

“Unfortunately, the local communities along this and other border areas are being particularly targeted by these roaming gangs and we all need to maintain heightened vigilance and work together to thwart their activities which are causing so much suffering to their victims and fear throughout the wider community.”

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