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Bottoms up! Shoplifters choose booze as alcohol ‘supermarket sweep’ thefts on rise in Armagh

'We have also seen people going into the bigger stores, stealing trolleys filled with up to £500 worth of drink. This has been Champagne or good brandy'

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Police in Armagh and Cusher have confirmed they have seen a rise in thefts, highlighting alcohol trolley dashes in particular.

Those going ‘wild in the aisles’ have also been picky with what they have been sweeping into their trolley with top shelf liquor their tipple of choice.

This was revealed by Inspector Kieran Quinn at a Community Engagement Meeting for the area last week.

Speaking at the meeting, he said: “There has been a slight increase in theft.

“We have also seen people going into the bigger stores, stealing trolleys filled with up to £500 worth of drink. This has been Champagne or good brandy.

“They have been filling their trolleys and going out the door. We have seen quite a bit of that in the district.”

The Inspector stated that on one such occasion someone was stopped outside an Armagh store with two trolleys filled with £500 worth of alcohol.

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