Police probe link in spate of city burglaries

November 24, 2014

Police in Newry are investigating a possible link between a spate of burglaries across the city in which three homes were broken into on Thursday evening last.

The first incident occurred sometime between 5.30pm and 9pm when entry was forced to a house in Barley Mews, off Courtney Hill.  A bedroom was ransacked and it’s believed a quantity of jewelery was stolen.

In the second incident, intruders forced their way into a house in nearby O’Neill Avenue and ransacked every room in their search for valuables.  The culprits made off from the rear of the house with a sum of cash.

Across the city, a break-in at a house in The Glen, on the Dublin Road was also reported.  Police said this occurred sometime between 6.15pm and 9pm, also on Thursday evening.  Evidence suggested the intruder searched through every room in the property although nothing has been reported stolen.

“We are investigating a possible link between this burglary and two others which occurred in O’Neill’s Avenue and Barley Mews around the same time,” Detective Constable Gina Quinn said.

“We would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to any of these burglaries.”

Advising caution, she added: “We would also like to remind the public to report any suspicious activity, particularly in the run up to Christmas. Always remember to lock and secure your home and keep an eye on your neighbourhood. If you see people or vehicles which look out of place or suspicious, phone us straight away on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Valerie Harte knows one of the victims personally and revealed the theft occurred while the gentleman was at work.  She said people who live in the area are angry.

“Those who carried this criminal act out have no place in this community. The cowards who robbed this man’s house knew full well that he was at work at that time,” she said.

“I have no doubt that this close-knit community will rally together to ensure that these activities are challenged and all possible done to ensure that those engaged in these burglaries will be apprehended and face the full rigours of the law. Anyone with any information should pass this on immediately to the police.”

SDLP Councillor Kevin McAteer condemned the break-ins as “disgusting and insensitive”.

“It is terrible that this has happened particularly in the run up to Christmas. I am calling on all members of the community to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in their area. Please lock up your house when necessary and be safe,” he advised.

Anyone with information can contact the CID Office in Ardmore police station on 101.