Elderly women left traumatised after shocking ordeals

TWO elderly women who were in bed in their rural homes have become the latest victims of burglary in Fermanagh.
In the past week, a 92-year-old woman in Tempo and a Maguiresbridge woman in her 60’s were burgled while they slept in their beds.
Last week, the Herald reported that there was over 20 reports of incidents of burglaries and suspicious activity all over the county inside three months.
In a more recent incident, a woman in her 60’s has been left ‘traumatised’ after her house at Gardiner’s Cross area of Maguiresbridge was burgled in the early hours of Sunday morning. The woman was disturbed from her sleep by breaking glass at around 1.30am and was then confronted in her hall by two males who demanded she hand over money.
A small sum of money and a bank card were taken by the men who then left the house. Both men were described as being aged around 30 and both wore dark clothing.
Police say that the woman was left ‘traumatised’ following the ‘terrifying ordeal.’
The second shocking burglary of a 92 year old woman occurred in the Tempo area on Wednesday September 4th between the hours of 8.54pm and 9.14pm.
The elderly woman was sleeping in her bed when the intruders ransacked two rooms in her house, including the very bedroom she was sleeping in.
She was not injured the incident but has been left shaken following the traumatic experience.
A spokesman for the PSNI said, “These are despicable crimes. Everyone should be able to feel safe in their own home – it should be a place of sanctuary. No-one should be allowed to take this from anyone.”
Meanwhile in a similar incident, a third burglary occurred at the home of an 87-year-old man in the Sixmilecross area. It is believed this incident occurred on Wednesday, 4th September 2019 between 7pm and 11.30pm and there was no one in the house in Sixmilecross when the burglary occurred.
Police are appealing for witnesses to all three incidents, and anyone with any information or who was in the area and saw any suspicious activity, including any strange vehicles or persons are advised to call 101.

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