Five held after store is burgled in Bessbrook
The quick reaction of a police patrol led to five people being arrested following a burglary at a convenience store.
The burglary on Main Street, Bessbrook was reported to the PSNI at 4.31am on Thursday, when two till trays and cash were stolen.
The perpetrators are believed to have made off in a red car.
Officers on patrol around Newry and Mourne were made aware of the incident and police patrolling First Avenue saw a red Volkswagen Golf with its boot open at 4.57am.
A PSNI spokesman said: "On closer inspection police observed a number of tools in the boot and front passenger footwell. The front door of a nearby house was open and officers observed a male and female counting money on the kitchen table. Police entered the house and found two till trays which were identified as the trays taken in the burglary."
A 17-year-old boy, 18-year-old woman and three men aged 22, 23, and 31 were arrested on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods. They are assisting police with their enquiries.