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Money and personal items stolen as thieves target car in south Armagh beauty spot

'Apart from the damage to the car the loss of the stolen items is a substantial shock to the owners'

Car owners have been urged to be on their guard while visiting local beauty spots after thieves broke into a vehicle in south Armagh.

The incident happened at the Mountain Road in Dromintee on Saturday.

The owners returned to their car to find it had been broken into and a sum of money – along with personal items – had been taken.

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has called on forest park visitors not to leave valuables in their cars.

He said: “Apart from the damage to the car the loss of the stolen items is a substantial shock to the owners.

“Many residents and visitors enjoy the beauty and space of our forest parks daily. During the pandemic this has been a vital resource for the communities of our district.

“However, we all must be aware that criminals operate in any area. These types of crime are normally opportunistic in nature.

“I would appeal to everyone who parks their car, before setting off on a walk or run, please do not leave anything of value behind. A little vigilance can save the day.”

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