Criminal gang steals thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes

POLICE believe the same criminal gang may gave been responsible for two burglaries at commercial premises in Monkstown and Glengormley last week.

Shortly before 1am on Wednesday (March 21), thieves broke into a convenience store on the Jordanstown Road and made off with thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes. Less than two hours later the thieves struck again, this time stealing around £2,000 worth of cigarettes from a shop in the Carnmoney Road area of Glengormley

“We didn’t stand a chance,” one business owner told the Times. “They cut a four-foot hole in the shutter and broke through the door.

“I suppose it’s only money at the end of the day and it’s all replaceable; at least no-one was in the shop at the time and no-one was hurt.”

It’s understood the thieves used a red kerbie recycling box to carry dozens of cartons of cigarettes at a time during each of the burglaries.

Police believe the incidents may be linked and have appealed for anyone with information to contact investigating officers at Newtownabbey Station on 0845 600 8000.