Police probe link in spate of burglaries

November 5, 2018

Police are working to establish a link between a recent spate of burglaries at homes across south Armagh.

On Friday thieves targeted three houses in Crossmaglen – two in Chapel View and one on Newry Road – while another home on the Camlough Road in Newry was also burgled.  And around 8pm, three intruders fled from a house in St. Patrick’s Park in Camlough after they were disturbed by a member of the public.  The men made off from the area in a black coloured Audi A6 car.

Police said a similar black coloured car had been observed in the vicinity of other burglaries.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said: “In the Newry Road incident a male knocked at the front door of the house at around 7pm while a number of other males entered the rear of the property and attempted to steal a handbag.

“They were disturbed by the owner of the property and made off empty handed in a black coloured car. Cash and two TVs were reported stolen in the other burglaries.”

Local Representatives have urged residents to be extra vigilant in the wake of the burglaries, with Sinn Féin  MLA Megan Fearon,  condemning “those who enter people’s homes to rob and destroy and care nothing about the impact their actions have on the victims of their anti community crimes.”

Slieve Gullion area Councillor Terry Hearty appealed for people to be alert to any suspicious activity and added that local Community Safety Group members are also available for support. 

“The selfish individuals and gangs involved in these criminal acts need to be caught,” he said, asking that anyone spotting any type of strange behaviour report it immediately. 

Police have appealed for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at any of the locations mentioned or who has any information which could assist with police enquiries to contact detectives in Newry on 101 quoting reference number 1181 02/11/18.