Co Armagh family ‘devastated’ after high-end Mercedes car stolen overnight

A Co Armagh family are ‘absolutely devastated’ after they woke up this morning to find their car was stolen.

Thursday, 11th November 2021, 5:25 pm

Melissa King revealed how her husband Jonny was heading to work at 6am this morning only to find the Mercedes GLE had gone from outside their home in Orchard Hill, Richhill.

The car, a Mercedes GLE 350 Designo Class 2016, number plate KR65 HRZ, is a high specification model and keyless.

The couple, who have four children, rely on both cars for their work.

This black Mercedes was stolen from a house in Richhill, Co Armagh overnight.

Melissa said: “It happened last night sometime between 8pm and 6am.

“My husband Jonny was heading to work this morning at 6am and the car just wasn’t in the driveway where I left it.

“The car is five years old, with the year of manufacture 2016. It is a high-end spec and very rare,” she revealed.

Melissa added that the car was keyless but there had been no break in at the property.

DUP Cllr Gareth Wilson urged anyone with information about the theft to contact the police. He said: “If you were in the area and noticed anything suspicious please report to PSNI on 101.”

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has slammed those responsible.

Mr Irwin who knows the owners of the vehicle, said he was concerned by the incident and in his view has shown that criminals are scouting out housing developments in order to select specific vehicles.

Mr Irwin said: “This is a concerning incident especially for the owners of the vehicle, as Orchard Hill is off the main Sleepyvalley road area and it would not be immediately obvious as to what vehicles are parked in the area without someone first driving through the development.”

He added: “This in turn then suggests to me that these criminals have scouted the area in order to select this Mercedes vehicle and have used illegal methods to bypass the locking system and access and start the vehicle before driving off.”

He added: “If anyone who was in the Orchard Hill area or Sleepyvalley area of Richhill and witnessed anything suspicious I would urge them to get in contact with the PSNI and assist with their inquiries.”

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