DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at a convenience store in Warrenpoint on Friday evening.
Detective Sergeant David Stewart said: “We received a report of a robbery at a shop in the Duke Street area of the town around 6.30pm. The shop was empty when the suspect entered through an open door, brandishing a knife and shouting that he wanted money.
Two women were working in the shop at the time and one of them handed over cash to him while he continued to threaten her with the knife. He then fled the premises.
“While the two women were physically unharmed during the incident, it was a frightening experience for them both.”
Police are very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the male suspect in the Duke Street area between 6pm and 6.30pm yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Stewart continued: “Were you in this area yesterday evening, either immediately before or after the robbery took place? Did you see anything suspicious or unusual – or did you notice the suspect? He is described as being 5’ 11” in height and of slim build, wearing a grey jacket with the hood up over his face and black tracksuit bottoms. He was also said to have been wearing a peaked cap and had facial stubble. He was carrying a black-handled knife which was 3-4 inches in length.
“If you have any information that could assist our investigation, please contact detectives immediately on 101, quoting reference number 1715 of 16/7/21.”
A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Sinn Fein Cllr. Mickey Ruane condemned the incident.
“I would condemn in the strongest possible terms this cowardly and dangerous act.
“Yesterday Warrenpoint town was thriving with locals and visitors enjoying the glorious weather and all that our town and seafront has to offer.
“In what has been a very difficult year for our local business community, Linda's Newsagents continued to provide their vital service to the community throughout.
“Thankfully no one was injured but, staff were left shocked and frightened. We stand with Linda and Phelim and their staff and offer them our full support.
“I would encourage anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police so that those responsible are apprehended.
South Down MLA Sinéad Ennis said,
"The robbery of at Linda’s Newsagents is a direct attack on the community of Warrenpoint.
"This reckless attack with a knife had occurred as the town was filled with Locals and Visitors alike.
“Those responsible must get off the backs of our community.
“I would appeal for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.”