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Police probe link between two keyless car thefts in Mid Ulster

Police are investigating a potential link between two car thefts in Mid Ulster.

In both cases, thieves were able to steal the vehicles without accessing their keys, which were in the owners’ homes.

Sometime between 10pm on Saturday and shortly after 7.35am on Sunday, it was reported that entry was gained to a black BMW X5 parked at a property in the Millbrook area of Coalisland.

Shortly after 8.05am on Monday, it was reported that a blue Mercedes GLC parked at a property in the Killycolpy Road area of Stewartstown had been stolen.

In both cases, the keys of the vehicles were inside the owners’ homes.

Both cars are still missing.

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Police have urged car owners to take the same precautions as they do with their home security, and have advised them, where possible, to keep vehicles in a garage and lock driveway gates.

A spokesperson said: “Use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains, as well as keeping all car keys (including spares) away from exterior doors and walls.

“Motorists are also advised to use a blocking pouch also called a Faraday pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob.”

They added: “At this stage police are investigating a potential link between both incidents with the two vehicle still outstanding at this time.

“Police enquiries are continuing and officers are appealing to anyone with any information or who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 563 18/12/22.”

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