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Thief jumps in car and drives off after owner got out to move lawnmower blocking road

'This was a frightening and shocking ordeal for the victim who was going about his business when the incident occurred'

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Police investigating the theft of a vehicle in Portadown during the early hours of yesterday (Saturday) have arrested a man on suspicion of a number of offences.

It was reported to police just before 6am yesterday that, as a male driver got out of his car on Eden Avenue to move a lawnmower from the road, another man got into his car and drove off.

Enquiries resulted in the vehicle being located in Lisburn.

Further enquiries resulted in the arrest of a 39-year-old man on suspicion of offences, including theft and taking a motor vehicle without authority.

He remains in custody at this time, assisting with enquiries.

Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor said: “This was a frightening and shocking ordeal for the victim who was going about his business when the incident occurred.

“Our enquiries are ongoing, and we would encourage anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed what happened to contact us. The number to call is 101, quoting reference number 378 of 29/05/21.”

A report can also be made online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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