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Police are appealing for information about a silver BMW 3 Series car which is believed to have been involved in burglaries and an attempted burglary that have occurred in the Newry, Armagh and County Monaghan areas over the past few days. 

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: "At approximately 5.25pm on Saturday 31 January it was reported that three males were disturbed attempting to break in to a house in the Ashgrove Avenue area of Newry. 

"Sometime between 1.30pm and 2pm on Friday 30 January, a house in the Killylea Road area of Armagh was broken into. The burglar or burglars were disturbed by the homeowners returning home. A silver BMW 3 Series was seen driving away from the house. 

"It is believed that this may be linked to another burglary that occurred in the Ballyrath Road area of Armagh, also on Friday 30 January. Sometime between noon and 1.45pm a house was broken into.

"The silver BMW is believed to have a false registration number of TJZ 6053. The original vehicle registration number is believed to be 09D30244 and the men in the car have Southern accents. 

"I would appeal to anyone who sees this vehicle, or anyone with any information about any of these incidents, to contact police at Ardmore or Armagh Police Station on the non emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111." 

Inspector Kieran Quinn, Armagh Response and Neighbourhood, said: “We have been conducting a number of enquiries following these incidents and, during house to house calls, a number of members of the public said they had noticed a car of this description acting suspiciously.

“When we receive information like this, as it happens, we are able to target our resources and build a clear picture of movement and exactly what is occurring which increases our opportunities for apprehending criminals.

“We understand that many people do not want to waste police time or are simply going about their business however you know your own area best, you know what looks out of place or doesn’t feel quite right. This is the type of information that we welcome and that assists us in preventing and detecting crime.

“If you notice anything suspicious in your area please contact us immediately on 101.”

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