Series of car thefts probed

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Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a number of car thefts in the Lurgan and Moira areas during the early hours of Thursday morning, October 1.

Shortly before 6am it was reported that a car had been driven into the shutters of a shop in Donegall Place, Belfast. Damage was caused to the front of the shop as a result.

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 in Lurgan and Moira overnight.

Shortly after midnight it was reported that a house in the Kiln Lodge area of Lurgan was entered and an Audi car stolen.

The car was involved in a collision at Moira roundabout a short time later. Shortly 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.

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 males 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 is appealing for anyone with any information about these incidents to contact Detectives at Lurgan Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.