THIEVES who burgled and ransacked the home of an elderly couple while they were at vigil Mass at the weekend have branded as “absolute scumbags”.
A daughter of the couple says her mum suffers from dementia and has been left “absolutely distraught” by the invasion of her home.
Police are now appealing for information in relation to the break in at the property.
It happened at the home of the elderly couple in the Craigadick Park area of Maghera on Saturday, November 24 between 6.10 pm and 7.25 pm.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Did you notice anything suspicious around that time, unusual cars or people around the area?
“Please contact Police at Magherafelt station on 101 quoting reference number 1169 of 24/11/18 if you can help.”
A daughter of the elderly couple has praised police who attended the burglary.
Una McReynolds posted on Facebook: “Thank you for your swift response to this incident and for the care and compassion shown to my parents by the officers.”
She added: “Whilst my parents were at mass om Saturday evening some absolute scumbags broke into their house and completely ransacked it.
“My mum has dementia and is absolutely distraught.
“Please advise all elderly folk and everyone else.
“Let’s hope the police catch the scum before we do