January 2022

January's programme will feature the appeals listed below:

Aggravated burglary, Boyles Bingo

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary at Boyles Bingo, Newry Street, Banbridge in November 2021.

At 6:45pm on 18th November 2021, two male suspects can be seen on CCTV walking up the stairs of the bingo hall through to the arcade. They approach the counter and demand the keys to the safe. They then proceed to take approximately £2500- £2600 from the safe. They then exit through the front door and are believed to have made their way to a waiting car and make off.

Description of suspects:

Male 1- approximately 5ft 11”, thin build, brown hair, khaki coat, dark coloured eyes, late 20’s. Carrying a black back pack.

Male 2- approximately 5ft 6”, dark hair, lighter coloured eyes, stocky upper build, knee length shorts, bright blue hoody and wearing a snood.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward to CrimeStoppers.

Aggravated burglary, Glen Road, Belfast

Police are investigating a burglary in Glen Road, Belfast in November 2021.

At approximately 6pm on 27th November 2021, three males forced entry into the home of an 84 year old man and demanded money. One of the suspects was armed with a metal pipe. The suspects escorted the man to a chair and then searched his home for cash. They left with a sum of money, and left the area in a silver saloon car. The victim was left badly shaken from this incident.

Description of suspects:

Male 1- early 20s, blue jacket, black face covering, skinny build.

Male 2 – age 30-40, dark clothing, light coloured face covering.

Male 3 – age 30-40, dark jacket, blue jeans, beanie hat, face covering.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward to CrimeStoppers.

Armed Robbery, Limavady

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a shop in Anderson Avenue, Limavady in June 2021.

At approximately 10:20pm on 19th June 2021, a male entered the shop armed with a kitchen knife. He then jumped over the counter and threatened a female staff member forcing her to open the till. He proceeded to take a sum of money and a substantial amount of tobacco products.

Description of suspect:

Male, in 20’s, fairly tall, wearing gloves and a surgical mask.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward to CrimeStoppers.

Theft, Armagh

Police are investigating a theft incident from a pharmacy in Scotch Street, Armagh in November 2021.

At approximately 5:20pm on 5th November 2021, three females and a male entered a chemist shop. CCTV shows the three females carrying pink bags and placing multiple bottles of perfumes inside. The male is not seen stealing any items, however he can be seen talking with them and is believed to be keeping watch. All four then leave the store without paying for the goods. The total value of the stolen perfumes was over £6,800.

Description of suspects:

Female 1 - approx 25 years old, stocky build, 5 foot 4 inches tall, long dark hair, wearing a black coat, black leggings and carrying a baby pink bag.

Female 2- late 30's/early 40's, 5 ft 2”, stocky build, short brown/red hair and had a black eye. The female was wearing a black coat, black leggings, silver slipper and was carrying a fuzzy, pink, over the shoulder bag.

Female 3 - 18/19 years old, 5 ft 2”, stocky build, wearing a brown coat, black trousers and black shoes. Female had long dark hair and was also carrying a fuzzy, pink, over the shoulder bag.

Male – 25-30 years old, 6 ft 2”, well built, short dark hair, wearing a black North Face coat and black trousers. The male appears to have a line of stars tattooed from behind his left ear down the back of his neck.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward to CrimeStoppers.

Theft, Sandy Row

Police are investigating a theft incident from a pharmacy in Sandy Row, Belfast in August 2021.

At approximately 3:44pm on 27th August 2021, two female suspects entered the store. They made their way around the store placing a number of items into each of their bags. They then leave the store without paying for the goods. The known stock that was taken came to almost £230.

Description of suspects:

Female 1- Early to mid 30's, slim build, white jeans, orange top, dark jacket, dark hair carrying B&M bargains bag.

Female 2- Mid to late 30's, slim build, denim jeans rips on each knee, dark top carrying a Tesco bag with glass bottles of Blue WKD.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward to CrimeStoppers.

Arson, Randalstown

Police are investigating an incident of arson in Market Yard, New Street Randalstown in October 2021.

On 8th October 2021 at 8:21pm two suspects enter Market Yard. A white Ford Transit van which was parked to the rear of an Auto Repair shop was then deliberately set on fire. This fire then subsequently spread to another Ford Transit van and finally to the Auto Repair shop causing extensive damage throughout. At 8:22pm the two females are seen casually walking out of the premises.

At approximately 8:35pm Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service received a phone call reporting a fire at Market Yard.

There has been no description of either suspects, other than they are believed to be female.

Police are urging anyone with information to help identify these two female suspects and contact CrimeStoppers.

Fraud, College Square East, Belfast

Police are investigating an incident of fraud in the vicinity of College Square East, Belfast in August 2021.

At 10:00am on 23rd August 2021, a man bought a Samsung mobile phone from a male suspect for an agreed price of £670. The male suspect was selling the phone under a false name on Facebook Marketplace. After the buyer handed over the money he received the phone which turned out to be fake. When the buyer tried to call the seller back the number was disconnected.

We are appealing to the public to be aware of these particular Fraud by False Representation scams.

If you think you have been a victim of scam or fraud please contact police.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page.

Fraud, Druminure Road, Tandragee

Police are investigating an incident of fraud in Druminure Road, Tandragee in October 2021.

At 4pm on 9th October 2021, a victim advertised a Samsung Galaxy S20 on Facebook Marketplace. A male then messaged under the name of ‘Darren Stephen McGrath’ asking if the phone was still available. The victim and male then agreed to a set price of £550. The male suspect arrived at the house and stated he would send the money via bank transfer. He then showed the seller a fake app which showed a bank transfer.  The male left with the phone and no money was ever received by the seller.  Subsequently, the fake Facebook profile was deleted.

Suspect description:

The male suspect can be described as heavy set male, 5'8, dark short hair going grey and facial stubble.  Dark jeans, dark jacket and shirt and southern accent.

We are appealing to the public to be aware of these particular Fraud by False Representation scams.

If you think you have been a victim of scam or fraud please contact police.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page.

Fraud, Main Street, Moira

Police are investigating an incident of fraud in Main Street, Moira in October 2021.

At 10:35am on 11th October 2021, an iPhone 12 was advertised for sale on Facebook Marketplace. A male then messaged the seller under the false name of ‘Darren Stephen McGrath’ asking if the phone was still available. They arranged to meet at 4pm that afternoon agreeing on a set price of £600, which would be sent via bank transfer. The victim handed over the phone but never received any money. Since then the male suspect has deleted their Facebook profile and the phone numbers provided are not connecting.

Suspect description:

The male suspect can be described as heavy set male, 5'8, dark short hair going grey and facial stubble.  Dark jeans, dark jacket and shirt and southern accent.

We are appealing to the public to be aware of these particular Fraud by False Representation scams.

If you think you have been a victim of scam or fraud please contact police.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page.

Fraud, Slemish Way, Lisburn

Police are investigating an incident of fraud in Slemish Way, Lisburn in November 2021.

At 7:03pm on 2nd November 2021, a male using the name ‘Darren McGrath’ attended the home of a person selling a Samsung S20 mobile phone that was advertised on Facebook Marketplace. A price of £370 was agreed and the buyer agreed to send this via bank transfer, however the payment was never received. The seller then messaged the suspects Facebook page to provide proof of the payment and since then the Facebook account has been closed.

Suspect description:

The male suspect can be described as heavy set male, 5'8, dark short hair going grey and facial stubble.  Dark jeans, dark jacket and shirt and southern accent.

We are appealing to the public to be aware of these particular Fraud by False Representation scams.

If you think you have been a victim of scam or fraud please contact police.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page.

Fraud, Donard Drive, Lisburn

Police are investigating an incident of fraud in Donard Drive, Lisburn in November 2021.

At 2pm on 2nd November 2021, an iPhone 11 was advertised on Facebook Marketplace for £360. The seller was then contacted by a male using the name ‘Darren McGrath’. The buyer then arrived at the sellers address and indicated that the money would be sent via bank transfer as he had left his wallet at home. The suspect then left with the phone but never deposited the money into the sellers account. Subsequently the profile account for Darren McGrath has been deleted.

Suspect description:

The male suspect can be described as heavy set male, 5'8, dark short hair going grey and facial stubble.  Dark jeans, dark jacket and shirt and southern accent.

We are appealing to the public to be aware of these particular Fraud by False Representation scams.

If you think you have been a victim of scam or fraud please contact police.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page.

Fraud, Lisburn Square, Lisburn

Police are investigating an incident of fraud in Lisburn Square, Lisburn in November 2021.

At 4:06pm on 2nd November 2021, a person selling a Play Station 5 on Facebook Marketplace, was contacted by a male using the name ‘Darren’.  A price of £590 was agreed. The seller then met up with the male suspect to sell the PlayStation, who advised the seller that the bank transfer had gone through, however, no money was ever received.

Suspect description:

The male suspect can be described as heavy set male, 5'8, dark short hair going grey and facial stubble.  Dark jeans, dark jacket and shirt and southern accent.

We are appealing to the public to be aware of these particular Fraud by False Representation scams.

If you think you have been a victim of scam or fraud please contact police.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page.

Fraud, Killuney Meadows, Armagh

Police are investigating an incident of fraud in Killuney Meadows, Armagh in October 2021.

On 16th October 2021, the seller of a 13" Apple Macbook Pro on Facebook Marketplace was contacted by a male suspect, who later arrived at the sellers home. The male suspect stated that he would transfer the money via bank transfer. The seller then put his banking details into what appeared to be a legitimate banking app on the suspects phone, however, no money was ever received by the seller.

We are appealing to the public to be aware of these particular Fraud by False Representation scams.

If you think you have been a victim of scam or fraud please contact police.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page.

Neighbourhood Policing Feature

Monday 17th January marks the commencement of the Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action.  

Police Services across the United Kingdom will be marking the week by providing updates, across their website and social media channels, on the role of, and proactive work undertaken by, Neighbourhood Policing Teams. Chief Inspector Christian Bradley talks to Crime NI about the role of the PSNI’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams across Northern Ireland and how dedicated officers are working with, and in support of, local communities. 

For further information on your local Neighbourhood Policing Team visit www.psni.police.uk/my-area and/or follow your local policing district across our social media platforms. 

Wildlife Feature

Our specialist Wildlife Liaison Officer (WLO) raises awareness of wildlife and animal welfare issues within the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The WLO is the central point of contact within the police service for officers and staff when advice, support and assistance is required in relation to all animal welfare or wildlife crime.

Police are investigating an incident of bird poisoning in a quarry in Armagh in November 2020.

On the evening of 28th November 2020 a van was seen arriving in the area. A few male suspects got out of the van, set the pigeons on a tether and then left. This is understood to be a deliberate attempt to kill peregrines.

It is believed the vehicle registration plates on the van were stolen or fake ROI number plates.

If anyone in the area has any information on this case or any other suspected cases of pigeon tethering or bird poising, please contact CrimeStoppers.