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Fears are growing in the community of Burt as opportunist thieves targeted two well known local tourist spots in recent times.

Gardai confirmed to the ‘Journal’ yesterday two cars were broken into at the Inishowen hot spot last Monday 29th August when a large number of tourists, mostly from Northern Ireland, were visiting the area for the Bank Holiday.

Buncrana Chief Superintendent Kevin English said there had been two or three incidents leading up to the theft at Burt.

Supt English described the attack on the cars as an isolated incident and said there was no need for fear to grow in the area.

However it would seem that not all incidents have been reported to Gardai.

Last weekend locals claim two other vehicles had windows smashed at the Inch Level Nature Reserve Car park.

It was claimed that a woman, believed to be from Northern Ireland and on her way to Bundoran for a week’s holiday, had her vehicle broken into and her handbag, containing more than 400 euro in cash, stolen..

Locals who talked to her at the scene said the distraught the woman headed back home.

A van belonging to a local musician had its window smashed on Saturday but it’s not thought anything was stolen.

The ‘Journal’ has learned that locals are now keeping note of any strange or suspicious cars in the area taking record of their number plates for fear of criminals striking again.

One source said: “They are cruising the area looking for people who have left handbags and valuable items in view.

Earlier this month, the ‘Journal’ revealed how thieves had targeted unsuspecting tourists at the famous An Grianan Fort. It was believed up to five cars were broken into on that particular occasion.Supt English said there is no doubt that the thieves were opportunistic, but assured the public the Gardai were following a definite line of inquiry.

“We’d urge everyone to not to leave personal or valuable property in view in their cars. We would also encourage anyone with any information on the incidents to contact Burnfoot Gardai station immediately on 074 9368194.”