23/07/2019

Three Arrests Following Co Antrim Burglary

Three individuals have been arrested by detectives investigating a distraction burglary in County Antrim yesterday, Monday 22 July.

The incident took place on the Finvoy Road in Ballymoney shortly after 2.30pm, and saw a man distract a male homeowner at the rear of his property while an accomplice entered the house.

A number of items of jewellery were stolen before the men made off in a white coloured vehicle.

Following a report to police, a vehicle matching the description was stopped by police on the Dunsilly roundabout outside Antrim and a haul of stolen items recovered. 

Three males on board were arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to Antrim Police Station for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Gardiner issued an appeal for information, urging anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a white Ford Kuga in the area on Monday afternoon to contact detectives in Coleraine on non-emergency line 101 quoting reference 1082 of 22/07/19.
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Details can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile, police are reminding the public to remain vigilant and treat all unexpected visitors with caution.

DS Gardiner warmed: "Bogus callers use many guises. They may offer to do work around your property. Other callers may seek to gain entry to use facilities. When your attention is distracted an accomplice may enter your premises via an unlocked door to steal cash and items of value. Often you will not be aware this has occurred until they have left. 

"Genuine callers will carry ID. Please ask them to provide their ID documents for your inspection before permitting entry to your home. I would also urge people to be aware of any neighbours or relatives that may be potentially targeted in this way.

"Report any activity that raises your suspicions to police immediately. This is a good way to alert us so we can investigate - and will help deter criminals and reduce crime in your area. Call us on the non-emergency number 101."



(JG/CM)

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