Heartless thieves stole lead from the roof of pensioners’ bungalows in the Ballymagroarty area twice within 24 hours this week.
The thieves struck first at the bungalows at Mangan Court on Monday night, stealing lead flashing from two properties.
Engineers from the Housing Executive arrived on Tuesday afternoon and repaired the damage and replaced the stolen lead, only for it to be stolen that night.
Local IRSP representative Lucy Callaghan said she was “disgusted” by the thefts. “I visited these pensioners on Tuesday morning and they told me they heard people on their roofs in the middle of the night but were too afraid to go out.
“We contacted the Housing Executive to have the damage repaired, which they did. That theft was bad enough but I was disgusted to learn that the thieves returned that same night to steal the new lead,” she said.
A spokesperson for the Housing Executive said; “The Housing Executive is aware of the incidents in question.
“We are working with the PSNI and local community representatives and councillors in an attempt to find a solution to this problem. We would appeal for any members of the public with knowledge of these incidents to contact the PSNI or the local Housing Executive District Office at Collon Terrace.”
PSNI Crime Prevention Officer Mandy McCrea said; “Criminals believe they can make money quickly by selling on stolen copper or lead however anyone dealing in scrap metal may also be implicated in handling stolen goods. Dealers are advised to contact police should they become suspicious.”