Thieves cut electrical wires, ripped out CCTV and cut holes in the roof of a shop in Mayobridge, Co Down before smashing open an ATM and stealing thousands in cash, police in Newry say.
A police spokesperson said yesterday: “Police in Newry are investigating a burglary which took place at Costcutters in Mayobridge.
“This happened overnight, we believe some time between 3am and 4am.
“The suspects have cut electric wires on the street, knocking out the lights. They have ripped out cctv. They have cut holes in the roof of the store.”
The PSNI spokesperson continued: “Once inside, they have smashed open the ATM and at this stage we believe approximately £17500 was taken before they fled.”
Detective Sergeant Johnston said “The proprietor of the shop arrived had closed the property at 10:30 pm on the Wednesday and arrived at 7:30 am yesterday morning (Thursday, 12 April) to find that entry had been forced through the roof.”
The Detective Sergeant added that, in addition to the cash taken from the ATM, “items including alcohol and cigarettes” were also stolen.
“I would appeal for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious persons or vehicles in the Mayobridge area or along the Newry to Mayobridge Road on the night in question to contact Detectives on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 178 12/04/18,” Detective Sergeant Johnston added.
“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.”