Supermarket Robbery Attempt

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

POLICE have arrested a teenager on suspicion of burglary following a bid to steal a safe from a Cookstown supermarket in the early hours of yesterday morning, Monday.

After being contacted by the Mid-Ulster Courier, a Police spokespersons told this paper:

"Detectives are investigating a burglary at commercial premises on the Burn Road in Cookstown during the early hours of  Monday 23rd April."

The SuperValu supermarket and Post Office on Burn Road, Cookstown was the target.

According to the Police, officers were called to the supermarket on Burn Road, Cookstown, just off the town centre, at around 2.45am on April 23 after it was reported an individual had gained entry to the SuperValu and an attempt was made to remove a safe from the premises."

Stated the Police spokesperson: "A 19-year-male arrested was located a short distance away from the scene by Police and remains in custody at this time."

The SuperValu supermarket and Post Office remained closed to customers on Monday following the break-in and the following notice was placed on the door by SuperValu: "We regret that due to circumstances, we are currently unable to open. Thank you for your patience."

The recent burglary adds to a  growing list of burglary reports in the Burn Road area of the town.

Over the last two months in particular, the area has seen a spate of criminal damage and thefts, which have been reported in the Mid-Ulster Courier.

Five vehicles were broken into in the area and items stolen.

 In addition burglaries were carried out to three commercial premises on Burn Road and also commercial premises at William Street in February.

It followed burglaries at a coffee shop and hairdressers in Burn Road earlier that month.

The incidents resulted in Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Rosemary Barton meeting Police chiefs, such is the concern.

Police are asking anyone with information relating to the latest burglary incident to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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