Fintona couple discover home trashed by burglars

The burglars who ransacked a house near Fintona at the weekend forced their way through the back door before going on a wrecking spree inside the property.

A number of items, including cash and jewellery, were stolen from the house on the Gargim Road.

The owner of the house, who does not wish to be named, told the Ulster Herald that discovering the robbery was his “worst nightmare.”

It is understood that the burglary took place sometime between 3pm on Friday November 24 and 3pm on Sunday November 26 while the man and his wife were away.


“Everything in the house was trashed, there were drawers pulled out in all the rooms and they even opened the compartments under the beds to see what they could find,” said the owner.

“To know that someone has been through all your personal belongings is your worst nightmare. It’s an invasion of privacy and your private space and I can’t see how living here is ever going to be the same again.”


The man said he and his wife were away for the weekend, and his suspicions were aroused on returning last Sunday evening when he noticed a box sitting out in the street.

“I couldn’t understand why it was there and when I looked closer it was filled with jewellery and personal items including passports.

“Whoever did this must have been disturbed by something otherwise they wouldn’t have left that box just sitting there.

“I went around the back and discovered that the door was busted open. The house was a complete mess with everything lying around. They left nowhere untouched.”


The man hopes that CCTV cameras at a number of adjoining properties may have captured those responsible for the burglary either going to or coming from the property.

“I have lived in this house all my life and something like this just undermines your sense of security,” he added.

“The police were here taking finger prints and hopefully those who did this will be caught.”

The PSNI are appeal for anyone who may have been in the Gargim Road area between Friday and Sunday afternoon and seen any suspicious activity to get in contact with them.

Anyone with information should contact the non-emergency 101 number quoting reference 830 26/11/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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