THREE garages and an office building in the Newry area were targeted in a series of burglaries in the early hours of yesterday morning, with at least one of the filling stations closing temporarily after a ram raid.
Detectives in Newry are appealing for information after two garages on the Forkhill Road and one on the Dublin Road in south Armagh were targeted.
An office building on Edward Street in Newry was also burgled during the crime spree between 2am and 7.15am.
Entry was gained in each location and vehicles, money and tobacco were reported stolen.
McKevitt Services filling station on the Dublin Road in Killeen was one of those targeted. Images appeared to show that a large vehicle may have been used to ram the front shutters of the shop, causing major damage.
The raiders stole a range of items in the shop before fleeing the scene at around 3am. It is understood they fled across the border.
Forensic officers were witnessed at the scene yesterday morning investigating the attack on the damaged service station as rubble littered the forecourt.
Posting on Facebook yesterday, McKevitt Services Ltd wrote: "Due to a break in, our premises is temporarily closed. We aim to reopen between 12pm and 1pm today. We will update closer to the time. Apologies for any inconvenience caused."
SDLP councillor Michael Savage said those who carried out the attack have "no regard" for the McKevitt family as they struggle to run their business amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Newry councillor also appealed to anyone with information on either side of the border to contact police.
"This is a well established local family across the whole Killeen and Killeavy area, and in the greater Newry area," he said.
"They are known as hardworking business people, working hard to create jobs.
"These people had no regard for that, especially in the times we are living in as businesses are struggling to survive. Something like this then happens which compounds those issues.
"This is a major repair and clean-up operation for this family."