Three arrested after series of robberies in Belfast
Three men have been arrested in connection with four robberies in Belfast.
The robberies all occurred in east, south and west Belfast on Sunday afternoon.
The first robbery occurred at around 12.30pm when two men entered a shop on Mountpottinger Road. One of the suspects approached the counter to pay for an item, and when the shop till was opened, the second suspect leapt over the counter and put his hand in the till drawer to grab money.
A struggle ensued between the suspect and a staff member during which the employee received an injury to her arm.
The suspects fled with a sum of money and got into a car outside the shop, possibly a red-coloured Renault Megane.
One male is described as being around 30 years of age, tall with very short ginger hair, ginger stubble, and was wearing a khaki green 'Ellesse' hoody with two white horizontal stripes.
The second man is described as being in his 20s, with dark coloured hair and wearing a black woolly hat, black raincoat, grey sweatpants, black Nike trainers with a white sole.
Police then received a report of another incident at around 1.20pm at a shop in Finwood Park in south Belfast.
A man in his 20s, wearing a distinctive black coat with red zips, entered the shop and stole an amount of money from the till, struggling with a staff member before running away.
The next incident, reported to police at 1.30pm, there was an attempted robbery at a shop in the Erinvale Drive area of south Belfast. A single man, described as being in his mid-20s, wearing a black tracksuit top, attempted to steal money from the till, but was unsuccessful.
In the final incident, reported at 1.52pm, a single male entered commercial premises in the Rowan Drive area of Dunmurry and queued at the till before then attempting to grab money when the till opened but was unsuccessful.
The male is described as being in his 20s, slim build with a moustache and wearing a black coat with red zips, grey tracksuit bottoms and black Nike trainers with a white tick.
Just before 3pm, a police patrol located and stopped a Red Renault Megane on Lower Crescent in south Belfast and three men, aged 25, 35 and 53, were arrested.
A 25-year-old has been charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of attempted theft, possession of a class A controlled drug and possession of a class A controlled drug with intent to supply.
He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The PPS will review the charges.
The 35 year old was arrested on suspicion of robbery, theft, two counts of attempted theft, possession of a class A drug, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and possession of a class c drug.
The 53 year old was arrested on suspicion of robbery, theft, two counts of attempted theft, possession of a class A drug, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
The 35 and 53 year old men have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner said: “These incidents were terrifying for the members of staff involved and I wish to reassure the local community that Police are doing all they can to identify those responsible for these types of incidents and bring them before the courts.
"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of each of these incidents yesterday afternoon, who saw two males acting suspiciously, or who believes they saw the a vehicle matching that reported to have been used by the suspects, to get in touch with detectives on 101, quoting reference 931 of 09/06/19."
Belfast Telegraph Digital