POLICE are investigating crossborder crime links after properties in the Newtownbutler area and across neighbouring counties were targeted in the past week.
A property on the Ports Road, Newtownbutler was targeted by thieves. It is believed to have been unoccupied at the time of the attack.
Councillor Garbhan McPhillips expressed his concern that these types of “senseless crimes” were still taking place in the Newtownbutler area.
“As I said the previous time a burglary took place, these types of crimes are becoming all too common throughout Fermanagh but in particular my own area within Erne East. I am absolutely furious that these crimes are continuing to cause stress and annoyance to many people in the community.
“With regards to this latest act of senseless crime I would urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI. Any piece of information could be very helpful. I would also remind everyone to be extra vigilant to the occurrence of further burglaries.
“As the police have alluded to, this crime is potentially connected to others of similar nature, these string of crimes are a bigger problem than we first thought.
“Hopefully the PSNI will get some information and put an end to this mindless acts of criminality.”
A spokesman for the police said, “Four burglaries were reported to police on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd May and enquiries are currently ongoing to establish if they are linked. The burglaries occurred at Crossowen Road in Augher, Benburb Road, between Benburb and Moy, Renaghy Road in Aughnacloy and Ports Road in Newtownbutler.
“Officers believe at this stage that they may all have been carried out on the evening of Tuesday 21st, with jewellery and other small items reported stolen from three of the homes which were unoccupied at the time of the burglaries.
“At Benburb Road however, a man in his 70’s who had been asleep at the time of the burglary disturbed a man and a woman inside his house just before midnight on Tuesday night.
“The man and woman left the house empty handed leaving the occupant uninjured but deeply shocked.”
Police have appealed for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity or who has information which could assist them with their enquiries to contact them by calling 101.
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