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Police investigate after spate of overnight burglaries in Ballymena



Police are appealing for information following reports of a number of burglaries in Ballymena overnight.

 

Sergeant McIvor said:


“Sometime between 8pm on Monday 30th January and shortly after 3:40am on Tuesday 31st January, it was reported that entry was gained to a commercial premises in the Mill Street area.  It was reported that a sum of money was taken during the incident.

 


“Shortly before 4:10am on Tuesday 31st January, it was reported that entry was gained to a property at the Trostan Avenue area of the town but at this time, nothing is believed to have been taken.

 

“We received a report shortly after 5:25am on Tuesday 31st January that entry had been gained to another commercial premises located at the Mill Street area. It was believed that a sum of money was also taken during the incident.

 

“Another report was received by police just after 8am on Tuesday 31st January, that entry had been gained to a commercial premises located at the Larne Road Link area sometime between 3:40am and 3:45am. At this time, it is not believed that anything was taken during the incident, but damage was caused to plasterboard wall."



This morning one of the businesses impacted by the crime spree, The Old Mill Bakery, announced it will closed today.


Owners of the family business Thomas and Martha posted on social media:


"A few hours ego somoone broke into the bakery between 5pm and 3am.


"Our money, and car keys has been stolen and multiple of our property and belongings have been damaged.


"If you seen anything suspicious between 5pm and 3am on Linenhall Street please let us know ASAP."




Shocked by what she seen when she arrived at the shop this morning, Martha told Love Ballymena:


"It is absolutely disgusting that people do this. These times are hard for everyone and definitely for small businesses.


"After something like this we will live in fear and always thinking that it will happen again.

 

"From the good side, we are very lucky that Thomas or the other baker didn't come in when this was happening and nothing bad happened to them."



Police have asked the public if anyone has information or witnessed anything to please get in touch;


“Enquiries are continuing and at this stage, we are investigating a link between these incidents.

 

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 206 31/01/23. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”



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