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Organised crime theory in store cigarette raid

SOME £3,000 worth of cigarettes have been stolen during a burglary at shop premises in Main Street, Markethill, in the early hours of today (Friday), July 5.

At around 1.40am two men forced their way through the front entrance of the locked shop and made off with a substantial amount of cigarettes.

Both men are described as being of medium build and were wearing gloves and face masks. The first  was wearing a dark coloured Adidas jumper and beany hat. The second man was wearing a dark and white coloured hooped top, tracksuit bottoms and dark coloured trainers with a white band.

The men arrived at the scene and made off in a white coloured Ford Escort car and detectives are appealing for anyone who has seen a old style white Ford Escort vehicle in the time before the burglary or since, to contact them in CID Ardmore, Newry on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111

At this stage it is believed these men may be part of an organised gang who travel throughout Northern Ireland in order to target shops to steal cigarettes.

The vehicle used is very distinctive so police are appealing for anyone in any area across the country that may have information about this vehicle or know of its whereabouts to contact them.

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