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Portadown police arrest man and woman after shop thefts in three counties

Police in Portadown have arrested a man and a woman in relation to a number of thefts from retail premises across the province.

Police received a report at noon yesterday (Thursday) of a sighting of a man and woman who had been involved in previous thefts from chemist shops.

A description of the pair were circulated and police received a further report of the pair running along William Street at 1pm.

Officers on patrol identified themselves to the pair and they made off.

Police gave chase on foot and a 26-year-old female was detained.

She was arrested on suspicion of theft in relation to thefts in Magherafelt, Cookstown and Portadown.

Members of the public reported a man in Shillington Street and police arrested a 31-year-old man in relation to theft, four outstanding bench warrants, a money warrant and breach of bail.

The woman was interviewed and later arrested on bail pending further enquiries. The man is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Chief Inspector Davy Beck said: “I would like to thank the public whose information and support were invaluable in helping us to make these arrests.

“Theft and shoplifting can have a massive impact on high street retailers and we work closely with the business community to detect and deter this type of crime.

“These arrests show our commitment to helping our business community thrive in a safe society.”

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