Oil stolen from south Armagh houses
Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has warned members of the public to be vigilant regarding the security of their fuel tanks following thefts of home heating oil in the Creggan, Crossmaglen and Culloville areas.
Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Hearty said, “There is no doubt that with the price of oil continually rising this type of crime will rise also. There is barely a week passes when I don’t hear of somebody’s home being targeted in this manner by unscrupulous thieves. Just last week I was contacted by a constituent who told me that thieves had drilled a hole in the oil tank and siphoned the entire contents into drums. This person was distraught as they had taken out a credit union loan to pay for a fill of oil in the first place and they simply did not have the price of a refill.”
Calling on the public to be vigilant, Hearty added, “Anyone who sees people acting suspiciously at a house should immediately contact the police. People should not be in a position that they are afraid to leave their houses for fear that they will be burgled or their oil stolen in this way.”
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