A Limavady homeowner has described the terrifying moment she came face to face with a burglar in her house.
The woman, who lives in Scroggy Road, said she was home alone at the time the terrifying incident took place.
She said it was approximately 5.45pm on June 6 when she heard the doorbell ring three different times.
After the third ring, she said she heard a noise from the living room. She went out to the hallway and shouted: ‘Who’s there?’
She said a male appeared from her bedroom, exclaimed, ‘Oh, my god!’ when he saw her, pulled his hood up and tried to flee through the front door. When he realised it was locked, he escaped through the bathroom window.
“I just couldn’t believe what was happening,” she said. “I shouted: ‘What are doing in my house?’”
The woman said she has been left shaken by the ordeal.
“I can’t even put into words how I feel,” she said, explaining she feels anxious in her home and jumps at the slightest noise. “I feel so scared. I’m trying to put it to the back of my mind but, when I heard about the burglary at Whitehill Park, it brought it all back. It will take a long time to get over it. It has meant a complete change of lifestyle and all because of somebody else. Why can’t they just leave people alone?”
Police are appealing for information about both incidents.
Regarding the Scroggy Road incident, Detective Constable Richard Donnell,wants to hear from anyone who was in the area at that time and who may have seen a youth wearing a blue hooded top running from the house.
In the Whitehill Park burglary on 26th June, Detective Inspector Conor McStravick said police are particularly interested in identifying two smartly dressed young men, aged approximately 17–20 years old.
Police are urging home and business owners to be vigilant following a number of burglaries in the Limavady area in recent weeks.
Last Friday cash and jewellery were stolen during a brglary at a house in Whitehill Park, which happened.
Sometime between 8pm on Sunday 14thJune and 8am the next day, premises at Aghanloo industrial estate were entered via the rear door.
A charity box and a sum of money were taken, along with a cordless Robi drill valued at about £100.
“All householders are reminded of the importance of keeping doors and windows locked and consideration should be given to photographing and security marking items of high value.
The Crime Prevention Officer is available for persons wanting more advice and is contactable via the “101” non-emergency number,” said DC Donnell.