Violent Tyrone burglaries linked to latest ransacking of Derry homes

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Police believe the ransacking of two houses in Derry on Tuesday may have been linked to burglaries in Tyrone in which a shotgun was stolen and a homeowner attacked with an iron bar.

The PSNI want to speak to three or four males seen driving around the North West in a southern-registered, black Audi car on the evening of three incidents in Tempo, Omagh and Derry earlier this week.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said: “We are very interested to talk to three to four males who have been seen in the area in a southern-registered, black Audi car.

“We believe they could help us with our enquiries into a number of incidents this week in the Tempo, Omagh and Derry areas.

“Just after 3pm on Tuesday, March 7, we received a report that a house had been ransacked and a shotgun stolen in the Glengesh Road area of Tempo.

“An hour later, a burglary in the Glencam Road area of Omagh was reported to police. At around 4.30pm, a robbery was reported in the Glen Park Road area of Omagh, during which a homeowner was assaulted with an iron bar.

“That same evening, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, there were a further two burglaries in Derry/Londonderry - in the Sutton Grove and Lyndhurst Road areas of the city. In each location, a house was broken into, ransacked and items of value stolen.

“There are similarities to how all these break-ins and burglaries have been carried out. And in a number of these locations, witnesses have told us they have seen a group of three to four men acting suspiciously. “They are described as being of medium build, wearing jeans and with their faces covered by baseball caps, scarves or balaclavas.