13 year old accomplice arrested for Newtownhamilton burglary

February 14, 2012

By Christine Keighery

The Ballymoyer road area of Newtownhamilton has seen a spate of robberies in recent months, with the latest burglary taking place on Sunday 5th February.  Subsequent arrests have revealed the alleged perpetrators to be a three man gang which included a teenage boy, aged just thirteen.

It would seem that a new low has been reached with reports that the young boy participated in the crime which resulted in the theft of the house owner’s legally held shotgun.   The victim of the robbery told The Examiner he returned home to be met by neighbours who reported they had seen suspicious activity at the property.  Upon entering his home, the owner found it ransacked and, upon further examination, discovered his shotgun had been stolen.

Locals believe this is not the first time the gang have struck in the area.   Another resident on the same road suffered a similar fate over the Christmas period when her home was broken into while the occupants were away.

The house was ransacked and several items were taken.  She believed a child or juvenile had been involved in the robbery as the window broken to gain access was too small for an adult to fit through.

She also told The Examiner she had reason to believe the arrested trio may be from Dublin which, she claimed, would suggest that they are not simply opportunists but an organised gang who have staked out the area to commit a succession of robberies.

While police would not confirm if the gang were from Dublin or if the robberies were linked, they did release this statement to The Examiner:

“Police in Newry have charged three males with offences following a burglary in the Ballymoyer Road area of Newtownhamilton on Sunday, 5 February.

The 13 year old, 25 year old and 29 year old were charged with burglary and theft, handling stolen goods and possession of a firearm, and appeared before Newry Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 6 February.”