Two arrested after burglary and theft spree

Seven vehicles had their windows smashed and items stolen during a theft, vandalism and burglary spree in Portadown last week.

The windows of a black Peugeot 206, silver BMW, white Peugeot van, silver Vauxhall Corsa, navy BMW and red Hyundai Getz, parked in the Castle Street area, were smashed and items taken from the vehicles last Wednesday.

The window of a white Citroen Relay van, parked in William Street, was also broken and a quantity of jewellery taken. Later at 12.06am police received a report of two men attempting to enter a pet shop on Seagoe Road. Officers attended at 12.10am and arrested two men, aged 27 and 51, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped.

Police conducted a number of searches in the Churchill Park and Ballyoran Park area and recovered a number of items.

Sinn Féin Councillor Gemma McKenna called for anyone who witnessed the smashing of windows in a number of vehicles to pass on whatever information they had to the PSNI.

Ms McKenna, who chairs Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said, “This destruction appears to have been motivated by nothing more than a desire to carry out an act of wanton vandalism. Police have indicated that while some items were removed from one car there is nothing to suggest that the culprits entered any of the other vehicles or attempted to steal anything from them.”

Ms McKenna said she understood that the vandalism took place between 4 and 6pm last Wednesday.

“This was an act of wanton destruction of other people’s property. It is the type of action which, if it remains undetected, could potentially affect the wider Portadown community through increased insurance premiums,” she added.

“Anyone who was in the Castle Street or Park Road areas between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday evening and who witnessed any of these incidents or saw anyone behaving in a suspicious manner should pass that information on to the police.”