Detectives in Coleraine are appealing for information and witnesses following a recent spate of burglaries in the area.

Detective Inspector Lavery said: “Police received a report on Sunday morning, 25th February of a break-in at a house in the Magheraboy Road area of Portrush.

“We believe the burglary occurred sometime overnight on Saturday evening, 24th February.

“A chest of drawers had been rummaged through, and vehicles in the backyard of the property were opened but nothing was taken from them.

“A sum of money was also stolen, sentimental jewellery, electrical items and a designer handbag.

“On Sunday morning, 25th February we received a second report of an overnight burglary in the Ballymacrea Road area of Portrush.

“The door to the rear of this property had been forced open and damaged, and a number of electrical tools were taken, as well as a sum of money.

“We are also linking a report of two burglaries in the Ballyvelton Road area of Coleraine that were reported to police this morning, Tuesday 27th February.

“During the first report, sometime overnight a property was entered and a handbag containing a sum of money and bank cards were taken, as well as a set of house keys and a car key.

“A number of outhouses had also been broken into at this property, and a power drill had been taken from one of them.

“A large number of tools were taken as a result of the second break in from a shed in the Ballymacrea Road area.

“We also received a further report this afternoon, Tuesday 27th February, of another burglary at a house in the Larkhill Road area of Portstewart.

“Cupboards and drawers throughout the property were opened and their contents were rummaged through.

“We are still making enquiries to determine what was exactly taken as a result of this break in, and we are investigating a potential link between all of these reports and have launched an investigation.

“Police would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity at any of these locations or CCTV, doorbell or dash-cam footage that could assist with enquiries, to contact us on 101, quoting reference 521 25/02/24.

“You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form

“Whilst we will continue to conduct proactive patrols, respond to reports of suspicious activity and deliver crime prevention, everyone can play a part in taking proper precautions with their home and property.

For further information click here or you can speak with your local Crime Prevention Officer by calling 101.

“We understand that a burglary can be financially costly and emotionally devastating to victims, however by taking just a few simple measures, you can dramatically reduce the chances of it happening to you.”