Anger after crime spree in South Armagh

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Friday, November 20th, 2015
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Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Larkin has conveyed the dismay and anger of the Jonesborough community who found themselves on the receiving end of a crime spree on Tuesday morning.
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Cllr Mickey Larkin speaks with residents following the break-ins

“Residents awoke to find a two man gang breaking into vehicles in the village at just after 6am,” he said. “Several cars and a van had already been broken in to with several thousand pounds worth of tools stolen. As householders took stock of the loss the thugs had moved onto other estates in the village.” On hearing hammering from neighbouring streets a number of residents went to investigate. The thieves fled at high speed and without headlights on. They were followed across the border but lost on the back roads. Larkin revealed that the car used in these crimes had been stolen from a house in Dundalk at about 5.30 am. “I have visited and spoken to the victims of these thugs. They are furious that this has happened,” he said. “Documents and personal items were stolen from most of the cars but nothing of great value. Those going to work could not use their cars whilst waiting for the police to attend. A man’s livelihood was taken from the back of his van. Larkin added, “This community will not tolerate these type of invasions. These criminals need to be caught and dealt with by the courts. I’d urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible to help ensure these people can no longer prey on our community.”

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