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Armagh family’s anguish after keyless car thieves make off with Mercedes

The car is similar to the Mercedes pictured

A young Armagh family have been left heartbroken after thieves made off with their Mercedes car during the early hours of this morning (Saturday).

Thieves stole a high-end blue Mercedes GLC 250 from a property on the Ennislare Road – all without taken the keys.

Detectives have issued an appeal for information.

Sergeant Irwin said: “We received a report that a blue Mercedes GLC 250 car which was parked outside a property had been stolen. The vehicle was locked and entry was not gained to the vehicle owner’s house where the keys of the car were kept.

“We believe the jeep was taken sometime between 2am and 5am this morning (Saturday). Our enquiries are underway and I am appealing to anyone who was in the area between these times and noticed any suspicious behaviour, or who knows the whereabouts of the car to call us on 101, quoting reference number 459 of 08/01/22.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

It is understood the car contained a children’s Joie 360 spin seat and a Uppababy push pram.

Sergeant Irwin is urging vehicle owners to be vigilant, especially those with keyless entry cars.

“With advances in technology, thieves are now able to gain access to your vehicle by redirecting the wireless signal from your key fob,” he said.

“Motor vehicles are extremely expensive, and owners should take the same precautions as they do with home security. Where possible, keep your car in a garage or lock your driveway gates

“Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe, including using your garage if available to secure your vehicle. Use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains, as well as keeping all car keys (including spares) away from exterior doors and walls. Motorists are also advised to use a blocking pouch also called a Faraday pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob.”

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