Detectives investigating a string of armed robberies across Newtownabbey and other parts of Co Antrim last week have arrested and questioned a 27-year-old man in connection with the offences.
The first robbery occurred at a supermarket on Greystones Road in Antrim on Sunday, November 13 at around 7pm. This was followed by two further robberies that evening at chip shops in Ballyclare.
During the early hours of Monday, November 14 an unsuccessful attempt was made to rob Corr’s Corner Hotel on the Ballyclare Road.
The following day, three premises in the Coleraine and Ballymena areas were targeted. A shop on Queen Street in Ballymena was robbed at 6.20pm followed by two chip shops in Coleraine later that evening.
A hammer was used to threaten staff during each of the robberies.
The 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, November 16 and questioned about all eight incidents. He was later charged with the offences in Ballymena and Coleraine, but has been bailed to be re-interviewed at a later date regarding the robberies in Antrim and Newtownabbey.