Detectives in Antrim, investigating a number of rural thefts, conducted a search at a property in the Ballyclare area on Thursday 27th April.

Detective Inspector Lenaghan said: “Our enquiries into what could amount to be dozens of incidents of rural thefts across the country since 2017, led us to a property on the Irish Hill Road, near Ballyclare, on Thursday, where we recovered over 100 items from the property, including vehicles and power tools. A 46 year old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of handling stolen goods and later released on police bail to allow for further enquiries to be carried out.

“Our investigation is continuing and I would ask anyone who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries, to contact detectives in Antrim on 101, quoting reference number 484 27/04/23.

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