Jewel thieves pose as police officers

AN elderly woman has been robbed in her own home by a pair of thieves posing as police officers.

The 85-year-old invited the men into her house on Fernleigh Road, Newlands, at 12noon yesterday, after being told they were officers working on an inquiry.

The duo then locked her in a room while they ransacked her house, making off with jewellery worth over £10,000 and more than £1,000 in cash.

The woman was left uninjured, but extremely distressed by the incident.

Leading the investigation is detective inspector Alan McAlpine, who said: “I feel nothing but contempt for these two men – in fact, they are not men, they are cowards and their actions are truly despicable.

“Not only have they frightened an elderly lady, but they have stolen a lifetime of treasures from her which are irreplaceable.

“It is inconceivable that people think they can get away with pretending to be police officers use that as a ruse for committing crimes – let me assure you, we will use every single resource at our disposal to catch these two men, and we will catch them”.

Both men are white, with local accents. The first, between 40 and 50 years old, is said to be between 5ft7 and 5ft8, with a stocky build and short, dark hair.

He had heavy facial hair, a dark complexion and was wearing a waterproof jacket at the time – possibly with the name ‘Ricky’ on it.

The second, between 20 and 30 years old and around the same height, has a slim build and short, fair hair. At the time he was clean-shaven, and wearing jeans and blue and white canvas shoes.

Officers are conducting door-to-door inquiries, reviewing CCTV images and carrying out forensic tests at the scene – anyone with further information can contact 532 5400.