A Richhill family had two cars stolen in a creeper burglary early yesterday morning.
The thieves broke into the house in the Maynooth Road area by drilling into a door lock, and found the keys to the vehicles.
It is believed the crime, which took place between 6am and 7.45am, was only discovered when one of the family arrived home from work later in the day.
The cars stolen were a black Volkswagen Touareg and a white Volkswagen Golf. The Golf has distinctive alloys and a panoramic sunroof.
The incident has been r condemned by local representatives, with calls for more policing in rural areas.
Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA said he was shocked. “This is a quiet country road close to Richhill village and it is shocking that thieves have been so calculated in this burglary. I have spoken at length with the family and they are very annoyed,” he said.
“To have your home broken into and for those thieves then to tactically rummage around to find the keys to your vehicles is very unnerving and then to return home to find your vehicles missing is sickening.”
Mr Irwin added, “I have spoken with police and I would echo their appeals for anyone in the Maynooth area of the village who may have witnessed anything or anyone suspicious to report this information immediately to the police.
“This is yet another rural crime and it continues to be a source of concern that thieves are acting with a high degree of confidence.
“I believe the PSNI needs to increase rural resourcing and be more visible in our rural areas if we are to see more criminals apprehended and charged and a reduction in this criminality.”
Eamon McNeill, a member of the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), urged people to be on the lookout for suspicious activity near their own or neighbours’ homes.
Police in Armagh are appealing for information. They can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 176 090915.