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Up to £10k worth of goods stolen from Teamwear Ireland, says owner

The owner of a sportswear shop tells of his frustration at south Belfast burglary

By Claire Williamson

The owner of a sportswear shop has spoken of his frustration after 'up to £10k' worth of goods were stolen from the shop in south Belfast.

Police have appealed for information following the burglary which happened after 8.30pm in the Stockmans Way area on Tuesday night.

It was reported that sometime between 8.30pm on Tuesday and 7 am on Wednesday entry was forced to the premises of Teamwear Ireland, possibly using a vehicle.

A large quantity of branded sportswear, including Nike, Joma, Under Armour, Samuri and Kappa were stolen.

Cricket equipment, three lap-top computers, an iPad and a quantity of cash was also stolen.

Owner John Anderson told the Belfast Telegraph that up to £10,000 worth of goods had been taken.

"Staff came in this morning and the front doors had been smashed through with, it must have been a vehicle they used, a ram raid.

"They came through and a lot of our show room had been stripped of all the samples, three laptops, iPad a significant quantity of cash had all been taken - it was a bit of a mess.

"The value of the stock that was taken was up to £10,000 at least £7,000 to £10,000.

Mr Anderson said there was a frustration at the impact the theft would have in the short-term but added that it was business as usual today.

He said: "We are glad that there was no-one here and no-one hurt. It's more frustration that it's not high value stuff or highly desirable stuff, it's a sort of unnecessary one.

"We are angry but it's frustration that it's going to affect the service we can give our customers in the short term, it's hard enough when you've got to run a small business but hopefully we can get back on track.

"It's just frustrating that it happened at all. But it's been business as usual today."

Inspector Barry Black said: "I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area or who has any information to contact Officers at Lisburn Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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