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Burglars threaten to stab occupant in south Belfast crime spree

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Police are investigating after three burglaries in south Belfast over the weekend.

One line of enquiry police are pursuing is that all three burglaries in the Donegall Road area my be linked.

Three incidents were reported to police between 6.15am on Friday and 3pm on Saturday.

The first incident was an aggravated burglary in the Rockview Street area which took place around 4.45am on Friday morning. 

The sole occupant of the house was asleep in bed when two male intruders came into a second floor bedroom shouting and looking for money. 

One of the two men is described as being of medium build, in his mid to late 20s and wearing a black tracksuit with white paint smeared on one of the legs. He had his hood up, spoke with a local accent and was carrying a large knife with a 12” blade and black handle. 

The other man is described as skinny and had his hood up and his face covered. He was wearing a tracksuit and a white top and holding a 3’ metal bar. He also spoke with a local accent.

The two threatened to stab the victim if he moved and made off from the property with a sum of cash and a number of other items including phones and keys. Although he wasn’t physically injured, the man was left very shaken by his ordeal.

Police were made aware of a second burglary which took place in Rockview Street between 10pm on Wednesday and around 1pm on Friday, which was the time it was reported to police. 

Entry had been gained to the property and a number of items stolen including a laptop, DVD player and stereo. No-one was in the house at the time.

Just before 3pm on Saturday, a third incident, an aggravated burglary, was reported to police in the Tavanagh Street area. The caller said this had taken place around 4am on Friday morning.

The householder, a man in his 60s, was awakened in an upstairs bedroom by a man brandishing a knife.

The intruder is described as being in his 20s or 30s, tall and wearing a grey top with a scarf over his face. 

A second burglar was heard rummaging through the victim’s belongings downstairs.  A number of items, including a phone and keys, were taken. The victim was not injured but was shocked by the incident.

“We are appealing for anyone who saw suspicious activity in these areas in the last few days or anyone who has information about any of the incidents to get in touch with detectives at Musgrave on 101, quoting reference number 171 of 16/11/18,” Detective Sergeant Michael Maguire said.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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