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Police probe link between armed robberies at pharmacies in Dunmurry and Lisburn

Police are investigating a possible link between two armed robberies at pharmacies in Dunmurry and Lisburn on the same day.

Detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a pharmacy in the Mount Eagles Square area of Dunmurry on Saturday.

At around 6pm a man entered and threatened members of staff with what is believed to have been a firearm.

He fled with a sum of cash and a quantity of medication.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said: “The robber is described as being of medium build, wearing a flat cap, though possibly bald, and a grey or green hoodie. He was also carrying a green Asda ‘bag for life’.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have information, to contact detectives at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on 101, quoting reference number 1032 of 20/01/18.”

Detectives are investigating a possible link between this and an earlier attempted robbery at a pharmacy in the Moss Road area of Lisburn on Saturday.

At around 4pm a man entered and threatened a member of staff with what is believed to have been a firearm.

The officer leading the investigation into this incident, Detective Constable Perks said: “When the staff member raised the alarm, the man fled on foot along Moss Road in the direction of Belsize Road.

“The man was described as about 6ft tall of heavy build and was wearing a green jacket, a dark-coloured hat and possibly sunglasses.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who was driving along the Moss Road around this time and may have dash cam footage, to contact detectives in Lisburn on 101, quoting reference number 845 of 20/01/18.”

Alternatively, information can also be provided about either incident to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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