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Woman hurt while trying to stop Belfast shop robbery pair

A woman who struggled with a shop robber in east Belfast suffered an arm injury, police have said
A woman who struggled with a shop robber in east Belfast suffered an arm injury, police have said

By Staff Reporter

A woman who struggled with a shop robber in east Belfast suffered an arm injury, police have said.

It happened at around 1pm yesterday, when two young men entered the store on Mountpottinger Road, Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner said.

"This was an extremely traumatic ordeal for the staff member who, while doing her job, suffered a frightening experience. No one should have to endure this type of ordeal," he said.

One man approached the counter to pay for an item and, when the till was opened, the second male 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 officer said.

"The suspects fled with a sum of money and got into a car outside the shop, possibly a red Renault Megane.

"One of the suspects is described as being aged in his late 20s, with short ginger hair, tall and of a heavy build. He wore a green jacket that had two white stripes across the body.

"The second suspect is believed to be in his 20s, shorter than the other suspect, of average build and with dark hair. He wore a black jacket, grey track bottoms and black trainers with white stripes."

Mr Gardiner urged anyone in the area just prior to 1pm and until 1.15pm and saw two males matching the description of the suspects acting suspiciously, or who saw the vehicle, to get in touch with police.

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