Belfast Telegraph

Men rob off-licence with claw hammer in south Belfast

Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery at an off-licence in south Belfast.

The incident happened on the Upper Malone Road on Friday, with a report being made to police at around 9.45pm that two men, one armed with a claw hammer, had entered a shop, threatened staff and demanded money from the till.

The men took a sum of cash and escaped on foot in the direction of the Taughmonagh estate.

Detective Constable Ritchie said: “The first male, who was armed with the hammer, was described as in his late 20s to early 30s, 6ft 1in tall, of slim to average build with short dark hair and was wearing a dark hoody with white writing on it and dark bottoms.

“The second male, described as being of similar build and age, was wearing a khaki green or beige padded coat and a scarf across his face.

“No one was physically harmed during the robbery, however, both staff members were left shaken.

“We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has any information which could help with our investigation, to contact detectives at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on 101 quoting reference 1368 of 2/3/18."

Alternatively the public can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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