TWO teenage boys have been released on bail after being arrested for a vandalism spree in the Birdlands area.
The fourteen-year-old boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested for vandalising a number of cars and a garden wall with spray paint, as well as stealing items from the insecure vehicles.
House searches were conducted and a number of stolen items were recovered, along with a number of items which were suspected to have been stolen.
Police are now appealing for vehicle owners to make sure they are leaving their vehicles secure to prevent theft.
They are also appealing for people to come forward, who may not have done so previously, to report car thefts and recover stolen items, after a number of suspected stolen items have been found in the home searches.
Sergeant Mark Kitchen said: "Overnight on September 13 and September 14, a number of insecure vehicles were entered on the Birdlands estate, including vehicles on Lark Rise, Partridge Drive and Heron Drive.
"Various items were stolen including, unfortunately, one can of black spray paint.
"The vandals then proceeded to spray a number of vehicles and a large garden wall.
"As a result, two fourteen-year-old boys were traced and arrested.
"The two boys have now been released on bail to come back to the police station at a later date.
"Five house searches were conducted, and items of stolen property were recovered.
"Other items that are suspected to have been stolen were also found, and we suspect that some people may not have reported thefts.
"We would urge anyone who has been victim of a car theft to come forward.
"This may be an isolated incident, as it is the first in a long while, however thefts from insecure vehicles is a big problem.
"We now have high profile policing controls in place around the estate and we would appeal to vehicle owners to make sure that their vehicles are locked and secure.
"Any witnesses of the thefts and vandalism are invited to come forward."
People with any further information should contact 101 and ask for Sergeant Mark Kitchen or alternatively can report information via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.