POLICE are investigating the possibility that three burglaries occurring on the same day may be linked.
During a triad of burglaries at different locations on Thursday, February 22, thieves made off with a white Ford Transit van after obtaining the keys from a house in the Ballyheather Road area of Leckpatrick. The theft happened between 6.30-9.30pm.
Elsewhere, a sum of money was stolen from a car parked outside a house in the Victoria Road area of Ballymagorry between 7.45-8.45pm.
In addition, a burglary attempt was made in the Berryhill Road area of Ballymagorry on the same day. According to police, a man had entered a garage at the property and was disturbed by the occupier of the house. He made off from the scene on foot and it is not believed that anything has been stolen.
According to a PSNI spokesperson, police are investigating the possibility that these thefts may be linked.
These incidents come hot on the heels of a string of burglaries and thefts around the Strabane area, including two separate robberies at Devine’s Bar in Dunamanagh, the theft of charity boxes from Dolan’s Restaurant and the pilfering of cash from Castletown Stores on the Urney Road in Strabane.
Condemning the burglaries, independent councillor Patsy Kelly says he believes the PSNI has a huge role to play in the prevention of future incidents.
“I met with the police last week to discuss this issue,” he said. “I was keen to make it clear that burglaries around the area are a massive problem, and I want to ensure they take a more hard-line approach, both in the town and in rural locations. Business owners are at their wit’s end and residents are extremely concerned. While vigilance from homeowners and business people is needed, I feel police must do what they can to address what is a continuous problem in Strabane.”
Anyone who noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area of the latest thefts or anyone who has information should contact police at Strabane on the non-emergency number 101, quoting references 1223, 1334 and 1409 22/02/18. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.