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Councillor appeals for help to catch ‘Little and Large’ after spate of rural burglaries

A local councillor has appealed to the community for help to identify two criminals who in recent months have been plaguing rural residents in living in the Glarryford and Clough areas of Ballymena, with a spate of burglaries and thefts.

TUV Councillor Timothy Gaston alleged the two individuals, have now been linked to 20 plus thefts, with the most recent taking place in the Glarryford area in the early hours of the Tuesday 18th October.

Councillor Gaston said:

"Little and Large strike again. The latest footage shows what looks to be a white or silver BMW X5 jeep coming up the Shellinghill Road and turning into the property on the Tullygrawley Road at approximately 1:10am before leaving again in the direction of the Ballywatermoy Road at around 1:15am.

"There was a further theft on the Killagan Road last night where a vehicle, trailer and tools were taken.

"There has also been a further report of suspicious activity on the Dowgry Road, Clough, where a number of men were on the road and then jumped into two vehicles before speeding off when being approached by a car.

"From last nights CCTV it’s been noticed that 'Large' currently has a tightness in his left leg when he turns and this is also visible again when he’s walking away."

Councillor Gaston added:

"Someone watching this will know these men - they either live amongst us or work in the Glarryford area.

"Any information regardless of how small you think it may be, that could be the piece needed to catch these unwanted visitors. Please, please, please, if you see something suspicious report it to police immediately."

In recent weeks Detectives in Ballymena appealed for information following the incidents.

Commenting on September 23, Detective Sergeant Macaulay said:

"Police received a report that sometime between 11pm on Wednesday 21st September and 8am on Thursday 22nd September, a grey Toyota Hilux was taken from a property in the Tullykittagh Road area.

"It was then reported that a chainsaw and generator were taken from a shed in the same area at around the same time. There was also damage caused to a second shed.

"Following this, a further report was made of a builders trailer and a power washer which had been taken, also from a property in the same area.

"At this stage, we are investigating a potential link between these incidents.

"We would like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding these incidents, particularly those with CCTV or dashcam footage, or who have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area. If you have information regarding these incidents please contact police by calling 101 and quoting reference 553 of 22/09/22.”


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