Police appeal after 'heartless' burglars target home of elderly Newry couple

The Ashfield Avenue area of Newry
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Burglars who targeted the home of an elderly couple have been described as "heartless criminals".

Police are appealing for information following two reported burglaries in the Newry area on Friday, 31st May.

In the first incident, a large quantity of cash and jewellery was taken, along with items of great sentimental and personal value to the couple, between 9am and 12.50pm on Friday in the Ashfield Avenue area of the city.

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The second incident took place in the Sheetrim Road area of Cullyhanna at around 3.35pm when three men forced their way into a property with screwdrivers before the homeowner returned and they fled empty handed in a black Audi A5 coupe that was later found in the Derrybeg area.

Detective Sergeant Lewis said: “Officers received a report that a burglary had taken place in the Ashfield Avenue area of Newry at some point between 9.00am and 12.50pm, when the resident was not present.

“Entry is believed to have been gained via a small window at the back of the property, and a number of items were subsequently stolen from the address.

“The second report related to a disturbed burglary in progress in the Sheetrim Road area of Cullyhanna at around 3.35pm.

“Three men forced entry to the property using screwdrivers before the homeowner returned. They made off from the scene empty-handed in a black Audi A5 coupe, which was later located in the Derrybeg area.

“One man, aged 22 years, was later arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal. Following interview, he was released on bail to allow for further enquiries.”

Detective Sergeant Lewis continued: “Two families have been left distressed by intrusion into their homes. Although we do not believe at this stage that the burglaries are linked, we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

“We would appeal to anyone who was in the areas at the relevant times and noticed anything out of the ordinary to make contact with us on 101, quoting reference 779 of 31/05/24 for the Newry burglary, and 1185 of 31/05/24 for the Cullyhanna burglary.

“We would be especially keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam, CCTV or mobile footage of the area, or the suspect black Audi, that we could review.

"Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/."

Newry City Councillor Geraldine Kearns has said that those who carried out the robbery were heartless criminals who cared nothing about the damage both financial and emotional that they inflicted on their victims.

Cllr Kearns said: “The victims, an elderly couple. had their house ransacked and a large quantity of cash and jewellery was stolen as well as other items that were of deep personal value to them.

“Those heartless criminals who carried out this robbery care nothing about the damage both financial and emotional that they inflict on their victims and the wider community. I would urge all to be vigilant and alert to suspicious activity. Please do not hesitate to report any such activities.”

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