Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Derry estate on alert after spate of burglaries

Detectives have appealed for information concerning a string of burglaries overnight across a Londonderry housing estate.

In one incident on Monday a silver Renault Megane was stolen in a creeper burglary at a house in Malin Gardens in Creggan.

The burglars entered the house and took the vehicle keys before it was later found abandoned in nearby Inishowen Gardens. A parked car in Inishowen Gardens was damaged by the stolen car.

Elsewhere in Creggan at around the same time an oil drum was taken from a shed at Broadway and jewellery and a laptop taken from a house in the same area. A Toshiba laptop was taken from a house in Leenan Gardens nearby.

Police are investigating a possible link between the incidents.

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell warned residents to secure their homes.

Mr Campbell said: "I would appeal to people if they are leaving their homes for even a short space of time that they always lock their windows and doors, back gates and if they have valuable garden tools and machinery that they are securely locked up at night."

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