Spate of Belfast break-ins are linked, say police
Police have launched a crackdown after a series of connected break-ins in north Belfast.
Four properties were targeted by a burglar on Sunday in the Innisfayle Park and Waterloo Park areas of the city, police have said.
The culprit escaped with a laptop, cash and a credit card from one property. He fled empty-handed from the other homes after he was disturbed.
Just after midday on Sunday police received a call from a householder in Innisfayle Park who had returned home and believed they had disturbed a burglar. A pane of glass had been broken at the back of property and a male had gained entry and ransacked the house.
When he was disturbed he made off through a window without taking anything.
Minutes later police received a call from a householder in Antrim Road who told them he had discovered a man in his back garden.
The male was described as about 22 years old with crew-cut blond hair and a red mark on the back of his left leg. He wore light blue shorts and a dark blue anorak. He was escorted off the property by the owner.
An hour later a householder in the Waterloo Park area reported an attempted burglary.
An intruder had tried to get into the house by an upstairs window.
Later that evening, just after 6pm, police received a further report of a burglary in the Waterloo Park area.
The householder believed that it had occurred between 11am and 5.45pm that day. Equipment within the house had been moved and a laptop, a sum of cash and a credit card were stolen.
PSNI Inspector Roy Watton said he believed that the four incidents are linked.