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PSNI appeal to 'scallywag firebugs' over attempts to steal pallets from Newtownabbey business

Police 'keeping pallets safe'

The PSNI has appealed to young "scallywag firebugs" to contact its officers over an attempt to steal pallets from a Newtownabbey business.

In a post on Facebook, PSNI Newtownabbey said they were called by a member of the public who spotted suspicious activity in the Longlands area of Newtownabbey - close to the Abbey Centre shopping centre.

In attending they were able to catch a youth at the scene while others managed to evade capture.

However, they left behind their coats and an expensive smartphone.

Police urged their owners to contact officers - before they are able to access the information held on the phone - in a post with the hash tag "keeping pallets safe."

In the early hours of Friday morning, an officer wrote on Facebook : "Tonight we got a call from a concerned member of the public in The Longlands area.

"A number of young scallywags were seen attempting to steal pallets from a local business.

"We managed to catch up with at least one of the young boys and he will be dealt with accordingly. Although pallets are seen by some as just bits of wood, they are quite costly to businesses to replace and it’s usually a local person owns that business."

The officer added: "A number of the the ‘firebugs’ did however get away.

"They’ll be feeling the cold tonight though as they left behind the coats their Mammy bought them for Christmas. One of them even left behind an expensive smart phone. If anyone would like to come forward and claim their belongings we would be very very very keen to speak with you! (Before we go through your phone)."

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