Hold-ups at separate shops may be linked
Staff at a shop on Glen Road in west Belfast have been left badly shaken following an armed robbery.
A man entered the store with a suspected firearm at around 7pm on Monday and demanded that a member of staff fill a black bin liner with money.
Police are investigating a possible link between the robbery and another incident that happened just 15 minutes earlier at a bookmakers on the Falls Road.
At approximately 6.45pm a man entered the premises and pointed what is believed to have been a small baseball bat wrapped in a black bin liner at staff.
He told them to hand over money but left the premises empty-handed when his orders were refused.
The male was described as being about 19 with a thin build and gaunt face.
No one was injured during either the robbery or attempted robbery but staff were left badly shaken.