At least ten vehicles parked in the Ballyarnett area were found to have been unlocked after two thieves - one later apprehended and another who escaped with a distinctive walk - did the rounds stealing mobile phones and gloves, the PSNI have revealed.
Officers arrested the man on Thursday morning (February 5) in the area of Ballyarnet Village in possession of suspected stolen items from vehicles in the vicinity of Ballyarnett Village, Oakbridge and outlying areas.
Detective Inspector David McQuade added: “Police checked the area of Ballyarnett Village and located over 10 vehicles that were unlocked At least five of these vehicles had been entered and searched.
“We are asking that local residents lock their vehicle at all times to help prevent this type of incident re-occurring. Anyone who observed two males searching vehicles is asked to contact police.”
“A second male made off from the officers. He is described as having been approximately six foot in height, of a slim build, wearing a dark padded 3/4 length jacket and a woollen beanie hat, possibly grey in colour. This male was described as having a distinctive walk.”
Meanwhile, police officers are also investigating a number of unrelated incidents of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage in the nearby area of Galliagh Park.
Constable Michael Gahan, of the City North NPT, said officers have increased patrols in the area and are working with residents and community workers to reduce these incidents and identify those involved in destructive or antisocial behaviour.
“We would like to appeal for help in identifying those involved in order to address such behaviour, but would also ask that parents know where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing.
“Young people should also think about how their actions may be impacting on others and be considerate
“And we are asking residents to look out for their neighbours, their property and local community groups’ property and report suspicious behaviour.”
If you have any concerns about antisocial behaviour or crime, contact your local neighbourhood police officer. If you wish to report non-emergency matters, then call 101. In an emergency call 999.