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Armagh mum’s warning to others after cars broken into and valuables stolen as they slept

Laptop and passport among items taken

An Armagh woman has warned others to be vigilant after thieves stole valuables from her car which was parked outside her home.

Colleen Hughes, who lives at Limestone Square, on the Road Road, said she was “freaked out” at the thought of burglars going through her property.

And she told Armagh I: “I just want to warn people to keep an eye out.

“Our car got broken into and they stole a laptop, passport and other valuables.”

The passport was in the name of Colleen’s partner, Benjamin Firth.

Colleen’s car was not the only one targeted, as another resident, at nearby Spinners Lane, also reported losing her handbag with cash and an iPod, that same night.

It happened between midnight on Monday and 4am yesterday (Tuesday) morning, as Colleen realised the burglars had struck when she got up to feed her baby at that time.

She said she had noticed a car with four males on board driving in and out of the estate the night before.

While it cannot be confirmed that there was anything ontoward in this case, Colleen has urged people to report suspicious vehicles, so they can be checked out, and to keep an eye out on their own property and that of neighbours.

“I’m just freaked out that people were walking about outside our house with two young children inside,” she added.

“Both break-ins were reported to the police and they called out (on Tuesday). They asked a few people if they saw anything or if anyone had CCTV but no luck.

“We also have no street lights yet, so we are in complete darkness at night which does not help.”

If anyone has any information on either incident they can contact the PSNI on the non-emergency number 101.

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