Police seek paddle board, bikes in bid to solve burglaries

New break-ins reported as perpetrator remains at large
By Ethan Andrews | Nov 07, 2017
Source: Belfast Police Department A set of tires, three bikes and a paddle board are among larger items stolen from Belfast homes in a recent string of break-ins.

Belfast — Belfast Police are asking the public for help solving a run of break-ins and burglaries of Belfast residences. Detective Gerald Lincoln said the department has several leads, but the best chance might come from tracking down several large items that disappeared, including a paddle board, tires and three bikes.

Lincoln said several additional burglaries have been reported to police since last week when The Republican Journal published a story that roughly 10 in-town residences and construction sites had been hit in an apparent spree of break-ins and burglaries.

"Now we're starting to see them reported further out," Lincoln said, referring to areas outside the Route 1 bypass. "We're not sure if that's a product of information getting out or if they're related to the downtown burglaries."

Police had been quiet about the details for fear of tipping off the perpetrators, but with no arrests yet made or solid suspects, Lincoln offered a list of large items that went missing in the hope that members of the public would spot them and notify police.

These include a set of four BFGoodrich tires, size 31x10.5x15, on black 15-inch rims; a white Naish Odysseus paddleboard; a black Scott mountain bike; a white Cannondale mountain bike; and a gray "fat tire" bike (brand not given).

Lincoln said a note circulating on Facebook that claimed targeted houses would receive a visit from a person looking for a lost dog were not based on any information known to police. "That's nothing we've seen as an M.O. at all," he said. "I don't know where that came from."

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