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Police have appealed for information

Police have appealed for information

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Police have appealed for information

Four teenagers have been arrested after a car was stolen from south Belfast on Thursday and later found burnt out.

Police said the car was stolen from the Orpen Avenue area in a creeper style burglary shortly after 1am on Thursday morning.

Entry was gained to a property in the area and the keys to a Volkswagen Polo, which was parked at the front of a property, were taken and it is believed the vehicle was driven in the direction of the Upper Lisburn Road.

Shortly after 1.30am on Thursday morning the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service reported a burned-out vehicle in the Springfield Road area of west Belfast.

Police said it’s believed the vehicle is the same car stolen from Orpen Avenue.

Two males, aged 17 and 18, and two females, aged 16 and 18, were all arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting burglary and taking a motor vehicle without authority.

They have all been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Michael Donnelly said the car was used for "death driving" after being stolen.

He said there were "disgraceful scenes".

"A vehicle stolen, driven recklessly and then set on fire by repeat offenders that need to get off our communities back," Councillor Donnelly said

"A revolving door system of being arrested and released again is failing our community."

PSNI Sergeant Adams appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting reference 102 of 06/08/20 or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/," he said.

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/”

Belfast Telegraph