Armed gang threaten shop staff during jewellery heist in Co Antrim
A gun gang threatened frightened staff and forced the workers to the ground before stealing jewellery during a heist in Co Antrim yesterday.
PSNI Detective Sergeant Colin Neill said police received a report at around 5pm saying that three masked men - one carrying a suspected firearm - had struck at Anne Shiels Jewellers.
The shop is on Victoria Street in Ballymoney.
DUP councillor John Finlay said he understood the men had "Belfast accents".
He said: "This was obviously very frightening for staff as a gun was used, and I condemn this robbery and hope the police will catch those responsible as soon as possible."
DUP North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said: "This was an attack on a shop probably assumed to be a 'soft target' in a rural town.
"This should be a time when stores are preparing for Christmas and looking forward to a busy period.
"This was undoubtedly very traumatic for the staff involved and our thoughts are with them."