Building site burgled twice in three days

Developer Keith Woods at his houses at Ballybay Mews. INPT04-108gc
Developer Keith Woods at his houses at Ballybay Mews. INPT04-108gc

A Portadown businessman has offered a reward of £500 for information after one of his housing sites was burgled twice in the space of three days.

A range of ‘white goods’ was taken in the first incident at Ballybay View, off the Loughgall Road, and, in the second, a resident was assaulted by two burglars.

Keith Woods said he was “furious and disgusted” and has described those responsible as “thugs”.

He said, “Times have been hard enough for builders these past few years with the recession without these thugs coming in and stealing and attacking people.”

Mr Woods, known locally as Packer, made the first discovery shortly after lunchtime last Thursday.

Three unoccupied, turnkey properties had been broken into and washing machines, dishwashers, cookers and hobs, fridge freezers and gas meters stolen.

Damage was also caused to the kitchens as the burglars ripped out the appliances.

In the second incident on Saturday, around 6pm, a 27-year-old woman disturbed burglars who had taken white goods from one of the houses and moved them into the driveway, ready to be driven off.

Said Keith, “I got a phonecall from one of the residents who had gone out to see what was happening and I drove straight over and missed them by seconds.”

Two men grabbed the woman, threw her to the ground and assaulted her before taking her phone and making off in a silver Volkswagen hatchback car, with a number plate believed to start with RA or GA.

One of the men is described as being 5ft 8in tall, of slim to medium build with ginger/fair hair. The second man is around 6ft tall, of slim to medium build. Both spoke with a local accent and were wearing dark clothing.

Said Mr Woods, “I am hoping somebody will have seen or heard something which will help the police catch whoever did this. I can be contacted on 07799471802.”

Police are investigating a link between the incidents. Information can be passed to the PSNI on 0845 600 8000 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.