A pair of dim-witted robbers arrived back at their getaway car to find that not only had they been given a parking ticket, but their car was blocked in by a builder’s van!
The two men had just robbed a jewellery store in Ballymoney’s Main Street yesterday morning and were attempting to make their getaway from a nearby car park when the comedy of errors unfolded.
Eyewitnesses described how the two robbers had first of all parked the car in a disabled bay, before leaving without putting the handbrake on.
“The car had rolled forward and was sitting between two disabled bays,” said one woman who saw the incident unfold.
“A traffic warden came along and gave it a parking ticket. His mate came down as well and they started taking photographs of it.
“The car hadn’t even been locked, the doors were open.”
It was as the two masked robbers were holding up the Gems jewellery shop that their getaway vehicle was further incapacitated.
“The guys came back but in the meantime a guy in a white van from the building site next door had actually blocked them in, so they couldn't drive away when they came back to the car,” the eyewitness continued.
“They had to wait for him to move the van before they took off!
“One of them was only a young fella, he was very flustered.
“They didn't even get a quick getaway. They had to wait a minute before they drove off with a roar.”
The robbers escaped with a quantity of jewellery after holding up the store. A senior staff member at the store, who did not wish to be named, said staff had been left “badly shaken” by the robbery.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw a red car leaving the nearby Castlecroft car park to contact detectives at Coleraine PSNI Station on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed to police by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.