Police received a report that a man had been detained by security staff in a store in the Kennedy Way area of west Belfast on Tuesday, 12th June. 

It was alleged that the man had attempted to steal four bottles of alcohol, and had made off with five bottles of alcohol at an earlier date.

The man, aged 49, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft.

When officers checked the man's details, it transpired that he was wanted for a further five counts of theft and one of fraud, which had occurred over multiple policing districts in the last 12 months. He was arrested on suspicion of these offences and taken to custody, where he remains at this time. 

Chief Inspector Conway said: “We are committed to working with retailers to reduce theft. Thanks to quick-thinking and observant store staff, we were able to ensure that this individual was held accountable.

“We continue to urge all business owners, employees and members of the public, to report business crime to police as soon as possible. The sooner reports are made to us, the sooner we can investigate and build a picture or pattern of any offending, and coordinate our resources to tackle the issue.

“Please get in touch if you become aware of individuals acting suspiciously inside a retail premises.

“To make a report or request crime prevention advice or guidance from a local officer, please contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”