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Teenage boys, 17 and 14, arrested on suspicion of ‘multiple burglaries’

Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of multiple burglaries in Banbridge.

PSNI officers made the arrest on Saturday night.

A 17-year-old male has been charged with three counts of burglary with intent to steal.

He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court this morning.

A 14-year-old male was also arrested. He was later released pending a report.

“They were arrested after a sharp eyed member of the public called us,” a PSNI spokesperson posted on Facebook.

“That set in motion a range of things; E Section Banbridge started rolling towards the scene, Police Dog Dino sprung into action, and the plane was launched.

“Maybe the boys hadn’t heard of thermal imaging. Maybe they didn’t realise that Dino will out run anyone, anywhere, any day. Maybe they didn’t realise that running from E Section only means you go to the cells sweaty and tired. Whatever the reason, they ran. Well, they tried to. A big shout out to our Air Support Unit who coordinated the search from above. Great job guys!”

The post continued: “This wouldn’t have happened if neighbours hadn’t been looking out for each other and raised the alarm. Thanks to them, we’ve now got two in custody for multiple burglaries and a breach of court bail.” Investigating officers believe the two youths were travelling in a black-coloured Honda Civic, which has since been seized as part of the investigation.

“They have appealed for residents of the Willow Grove and Rowanvale areas of Banbridge who may have noticed the teenagers or the car at any stage on Saturday night to call detectives at Lurgan Station on 101 quoting reference 1158 of 15/10/16.

“This was another prime example of team work getting results, all starting with you lifting the phone. Keep doing it, and we, together, will keep getting results.”

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