'Piggybank' stolen in armed burglary

Published Sunday, 09 March 2014
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Police are appealing for information on a white van seen in Portrush around the time of an armed burglary in which two women were tied up in their home.

'Piggybank' stolen in armed burglary
Police have appealed for information on the burglary. (© PSNI)

Five masked men broke into the house in the Hopefield Gardens area of the Co Antrim town at around 10pm on Thursday.

They tied up the two female occupants while they ransacked the house.

One member of the gang was carrying a suspected firearm and the others were armed with knives.

All of them were wearing outdoor walking jackets, one red, one blue and the others dark-coloured and they were all wearing black balaclavas and gloves.

One was described as being aged in his 30s with grey-coloured hair and another was described as being approximately 5'4" tall.

They escaped with a black money box and a gold piggybank.

The two victims suffered bruised and sore wrists and were left extremely traumatised by their ordeal. They were taken to hospital and treated for shock.

Detectives have asked anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or who may have any information to contact them in Coleraine.

They are particularly keen to identify the occupants of a white-coloured van seen in the area of Hopefield Gardens or Portrush from around 12pm on Thursday and throughout the day.

The van is possibly a VW transporter or camper type with windows all round and a grey tinted window on the driver side and had a set of ladders on the roof. There were at least four males in the vehicle at the time.

© UTV News
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