Family-owned shop ‘picking up pieces’ after £17,500 theft.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Family-owned shop ‘picking up pieces’ after £17,500 theft. thumbnailThe Grant’s Costcutter store on the Hilltown Road, Mayobridge.

THIEVES stole £17,500 cash from a shop's cash machine entering by cutting a hole in the roof.

It is the second time in a year that the Costcutter shop, owned by the Grant family, has been targeted.

In the overnight heist last Wednesday (11 April) and into the early hours of Thursday morning some £17,500 cash was lifted from the ATM as well as alcohol and cigarettes stolen from the premises.

Police believe the criminals ripped out the CCTV, cut holes in the roof and cut the electrical wires on the Hilltown Road.

Local SDLP Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick said it was an "utter disgrace" that thieves had "yet again targeted the community store".

"The shop was broken into a year ago in another aggressive manner and it is so unfair that this hard-working family have had to endure this yet again."

She added: "It is very worrying to think that someone came in to the store, probably bought a paper and scouted the place out before organising the robbery.

"That particular ATM provided a great service to the community and hopefully it will be replaced." Councillor Fitzpatrick understands the store was back in business the day following the robbery.

"The police left at around 10am that morning and it was simply back to business.

People have been calling to the shop asking if the Grants are okay and they have just had to pick up the pieces and get on with things." Speaking about the incident, Detective Sergeant Johnston said: "The proprietor of the shop had closed the property at 10.30pm on the Wednesday and arrived at 7.30am on Thursday morning to find that entry had been forced through the roof.

"An ATM had a substantial amount of cash removed and items including alcohol and cigarettes were 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.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100 per cent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."


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