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Dublin crime gang behind spate of burglaries

Dublin-based crime gang is behind a string of burglaries that occurred across the district in recent weeks, police believe.

PSNI Inspector Kieran Quinn told online news source Armagh I that police intelligence suggests an organized gang from Tallaght carried out a series of burglaries and attempted break-ins in south Armagh and south Down.

Describing the intruders as “career criminals” who target properties without alarms, usually between 4pm and 9pm, he said such incidents are on the rise.

“Seasonal figures suggest that this type of crime is on the rise from October through to February with the darker evenings,” Inspector Quinn said.

“We have been working with the Gardai Siochana in the south as we believe this to be a cross-border operation.  We believe it is an organised gang from the Tallaght area of Dublin who are carrying out these thefts.”

He says the thieves look at vehicles to determine the “lifestyle” of the occupants.

“They come up from Dublin on the M1 or A1 and they hit any small villages or towns along the way.  They have tools with them to access the house; their work is fast and sporadic.”

Urging the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activity, he added: “We need people to be wary, crime prevention is the best action.  People need to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles, I would advise people to join our text scheme, look out for the vulnerable, and not have large amounts of cash in their house at any one time.”

Inspector Quinn advised people to keep cars in locked garages and keys in a safe place – not on the kitchen table, in full view of a prospective thief and he urged anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in their area, to contact the police non-emergency number on 101.