31/07/2017

Man Arrested Following Car Dealership Burglary In Ballymena

A 28-year-old man has been arrested after a car dealership was burgled in Ballymena.

Police were called to the Woodside Road area at around 1.40am following reports a burglary was in progress at the premises on Saturday, 29 July.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Brennan said: "Upon arrival, officers observed a male attempting to force his way out of the compound through the main gates, in two vehicles which were already on the premises.
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"A Ford Kuga was used unsuccessfully first, but on his second attempt, the male forced the gates in a Volkswagon Polo car, striking a police car which was positioned outside, before making off along the Woodside Road."

Police successfully deployed a stinger device to stop the car and the man was arrested following a short pursuit. However, four officers were injured and two police cars were damaged as a result of the incident.

Detective Brennan added: "We believe at this time that the man may have been dropped off at Woodside Road and are appealing for anyone who noticed a vehicle which looked out of place in the area last night or in the early hours to contact detectives in Ballymena on 101 quoting reference number 113 29/07/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

(LM)

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