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Woman (20) arrested of suspicion of car theft and late night burglary spree

Police investigating reports of burglary and vehicle thefts last night (Saturday), have arrested a 20-year-old woman.

At around 8pm, it was reported that a number of power tools were stolen from a building site at the Carnreagh Road area of Hillsborough.

A male and female in the area were acting suspiciously at the time of the incident.

Shortly before 9:15pm, it was reported that a black Renault Megane arrived at a farmyard in the Castlevennon Road area of Banbridge.

A female got out of the vehicle and entered a storeroom and removes a number of power tools during the incident.

A male also in the Megane gained access to a silver Mitsubishi pick-up style truck parked in the area. The male then leaves in the pick-up and the woman leaves in the Megane heading towards the Ballynahinch area.

The Megane was later located on the Old Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn where it was stopped by police.

The female driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of theft of vehicle, theft from vehicle, driving when unfit through drink or drugs and burglary.

She is currently in police custody at this time.

The stolen Mitsubishi pick-up was also recovered in the Ballynahinch area having crashed into the fence of a property in the Cedar Hill area. The male made off on foot from the scene.

At around 1:30am on Sunday, it was also reported that a red Toyota Yaris was taken from a property in the Belfast Road area of Ballynahinch.

Entry was gained to the property and keys for the vehicle were taken along with a handbag and a purse. The vehicle headed south onto the A1 Carriageway before being stung by police at the A1 north at Sheepbridge in Newry. The male made off from the scene of foot following the incident.

Inspector Stewart said: “Enquiries are continuing and we are investigating a link between these incident. We would appeal to anyone who witnessed these incidents or who might have any information, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1692 23/05/20.

“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.”

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