Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said: “Three houses in Crossmaglen, two in Chapel View and one on Newry Road and one on the Camlough Road in Newry were targeted in a series of burglaries which we are treating as linked at this time.
“Three men were also disturbed at a house in St Patrick’s Park in Camlough at around 8pm last night by a member of the public.
QThe men fled the house and made off from the area in a black coloured Audi A6 car.
“Follow up enquiries have revealed that a similar black coloured car had been observed in the vicinity of the other burglaries.
“In the Newry Road incident a male knocked at the front door of the house at around 7 pm while a number of other males entered the rear of the property and attempted to steal a handbag.
“They were disturbed by the owner of the property and made off empty handed in a black coloured car.
“Cash and 2 TVs were reported stolen in the other burglaries.
“I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at any of the locations mentioned or who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Newry on 101 quoting reference number 1181 02/11/18.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”