Detectives investigating a series of burglaries in the South Armagh area last week are appealing for information from the public.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said: “Three houses in Crossmaglen, two in Chapel View and one on Newry Road and one on the Camlough Road in Newry were targeted in a series of burglaries which we are treating as linked at this time. Three men were also disturbed at a house in St Patrick’s Park in Camlough at around 8pm last night by a member of the public. The men fled the house and made off from the area in a black coloured Audi A6 car.

“Follow up enquiries have revealed that a similar black coloured car had been observed in the vicinity of the other burglaries.  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 2 TVs were reported stolen in the other burglaries.

“I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at any of the locations mentioned or who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Newry on 101 quoting reference number 1181 02/11/18.  Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Responding to the news Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon has urged all to be extra vigilant. “It is disappointing to hear of these recent spate of criminal activity in the south Armagh area. Those who enter people’s homes to rob and destroy care nothing about the impact their actions have on the victims of their anti community crimes. I urge all to be extra vigilant. Those who carry out these attack’s on our communities need to be apprehended and face the full rigours of the law”

Slieve Gullion area Councillor Terry Hearty echoing his colleagues comments said "At least four houses within the Crossmaglen area were broken into. It is reported that up to five males, with their faces covered , in a black vehicle, were involved. Please be alert to any suspicious activity.T he local Community Safety Group members are available for support should anyone wish to contact them”

Newry Mourne & Down Councillor Charlie Casey has urged people living in the Michael Mallin Park area to be extra vigilant after reports of a break in to a home there where a number of personal items including money and jewellery were stolen. Comented on the incident the Councillor added “Once again criminals motivated by nothing but greed have caused great fear and distress by their selfish actions. They need to apprehended and to face the full rigours of the law”.

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