Police are investigating a link between two armed robberies in Belfast last night.
In the second of two robberies shortly after 10pm, a man carrying a suspected firearm and wearing a ‘scream’ mask entered an off-licence on the Springfield Road and threatened staff before making off with a sum of cash and a quantity of cigarettes.
The male is described as being dressed in black clothing. It is believed that he may have been carrying a knife as well.
Earlier, at approximately 8.45pm an unknown male, carrying a knife, entered a bookmakers on the Grosvenor Road and threatened a member of staff.
He then produced a suspected firearm and threatened a second member of staff before making off empty handed.
He is described as being approximately 5’10” tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black coat and had tights covering his face.
Shortly after 10pm it was reported that an unknown male, carrying a suspected firearm,
Detectives are investigating a possible link between these incidents and Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie is appealing for anyone who witnessed either incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.