Vehicles stolen and damaged in cross-border crime spree

November 23, 2015

Residents of three Jonesborough housing estates found themselves on the receiving end of a cross-border crime spree which took place in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.

Householders in the Bay View area of Jonesborough awoke to find a two man gang breaking into vehicles in the village just after 6am. Several cars and a van had already been broken into with several thousand pounds worth of tools stolen. As householders took stock of the loss the gang had moved onto other estates in the village, including Eden Valley and Regina Park.

At least five cars and vans were broken into throughout the Jonesborough area.

According to Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Larkin, who visited the village in the aftermath of the break-ins, a number of residents who had already fallen victim to the thieves heard hammering from neighbouring streets and went to investigate.

“The thieves then fled at high speed and without headlights on. They were followed across the border but lost on the back roads,” he said.

Branding the perpetrators “thugs”, Mr Larkin said their victims are “furious that this has happened.”

“Documents and personal items were stolen from most of the cars but nothing of great value. Those going to work could not use their cars whilst waiting for the police to attend. A man’s livelihood was taken from the back of his van.

“This community will not tolerate these type of invasions. These criminals need to be caught and dealt with by the courts,” he added before calling on anyone with information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible “to help ensure these people can no longer prey on our community.”

The car used in the crimes was a silver seven seater Peugeot 307 with the registration plate 07 LH 6576. Enquiries with An Garda Siochana revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from a house in Dundalk at around 5.30am and is one of as many as nine cars which were stolen in Dundalk, Bessbrook and Jonesborough during the early morning crime-spree.

Enquiries into these incidents are ongoing and police would like to hear from anyone who has information which may assist their investigation. They can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 124 171115.