Ballynahinch hit by 15-hour crime spree after car thefts, burglary plus hit-and-run

Ballynahinch hit by 15-hour crime spree after car thefts, burglary plus hit-and-run

20 January 2021

BALLYNAHINCH was hit by a 15-hour crime wave last week.

An attempted robbery, burglaries, car thefts and a hit-and-run incident are all believed to be linked.

Police have appealed for information about the series of incidents which started last Friday afternoon.

A man armed with a knife entered commercial premises in High Street around 2.30pm  and threatened a female member of staff to give him money from the till.

The woman refused and the man made off towards the Windmill Street area of the town.

Police confirmed that they are looking for the man who is described as wearing a black coloured face mask, a grey woolly hat, grey tracksuit bottoms, a black padded coat and blue coloured surgical gloves.

Shortly after 5.20pm, it was reported that an unknown man had gained entry to a house at the Croob Park area. A female occupant saw the man inside, who then made off on foot following the incident.

He was described as wearing a dark coloured jacket, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Around ten minutes later police received a report of a damage-only collision which had occurred in the Dunmore Road area.

It is believed a grey Mazda car, which had been taken following a ‘creeper style burglary’ at the Woodridge area of the town, was involved in the incident. A male wearing dark coloured clothing is believed to have made off from the scene.

The final incident when a Ford Fiesta was stolen in the Ballymaglave Road area some time between 1am and 5.30ama after a house was broken into and two sets of keys taken. 

The vehicle was later reported travelling along the Crumlin Road area of Belfast just before 6am.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Enquiries are continuing and at this stage we are investigating a potential link between all of these incidents.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the times of the incidents, to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 1358 15/01/21.”

Information can also be given online via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.