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Appeal for information after series of car thefts and 'creeper' robberies

Thieves are targeting homes while owners are present.

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DETECTIVES ARE APPEALING for witnesses following a number of incidents and creeper robberies in Belfast and elsewhere in Ulster.

Creeper burglaries involve thieves targeting homes while owners are present.

The PSNI is appealing for witnesses following a number of incidents in Mid Ulster and Belfast during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Shortly before 6am on Thursday it was reported that a car had been driven into the shutters of a shop in Donegall Place in Belfast. It is not yet known if anything was stolen.

A Skoda Fabia car,believed to have been involved was recovered a short time later in the Bread Street area of west Belfast. This car was reported stolen in a creeper-style burglary in the Knockramer Meadows area of Lurgan during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Detectives are investigating a link between this incident and burglaries of residential properties overnight.

Shortly after midnight it was reported that a house in Lurgan was entered and an Audi car stolen. The car was involved in a collision a short time later.

Just before 3am it was reported that a Vauxhall car had been stolen in a creeper-style burglary in the Chestnut Hill Road area of Lurgan. This car was recovered by police in the Knockramer Meadows area of Lurgan.

‘Men acting suspiciously’

Detectives are also investigating a possible link between these incidents and incidents in Aghalee and Dungannon.

During the early hours of the morning, three men were disturbed attempting to enter a garage in the Broadwater Mews area of Aghalee. It was reported that a number of men were acting suspiciously in the Tamnamore Close area of Dungannon. A number of items were reported stolen from a car parked in the area.

Detective Inspector Will Tate has appealed for anyone with any information about these incidents to contact Lurgan Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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