Three teenagers appear at Newry Court after ‘distraction thefts’

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Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Detectives investigating a number of distraction thefts and attempted thefts at cash machines have charged three males.

The three males are aged 16, 17 and 18.



They were charged with a number of offences including theft and attempted theft.

The thefts at cash machines took place over the weekend.

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On Saturday 20 June police received reports of incidents in counties Armagh, Down and Tyrone which they believe to be linked.

At 1:10 pm, it was reported that a man using the ATM on Hill Street in Newry was approached by two males, one of whom is said to have distracted him, while the second man snatched the money he had withdrawn from the machine.



The males then ran off.

Just after 2 pm, it was reported that approximately 10 minutes earlier, a man accessing the ATM on Charlotte Street in Warrenpoint was approached by three males who asked him for money and then attempted to reach across him and grab cash.

No money was taken.

Later that afternoon, at 4:20 pm, it was reported a woman using the same machine had been approached at 2 pm by two males.

One of them tried to jump in front of the woman and press the keypad of the machine while the other stood behind her.

A sum of money was reported as having been taken.



At approximately 5:50 pm, an attempted theft was reported involving a male who had used a cash machine on Upper English Street in Armagh at around 5:10 pm.

It was reported two males approached him.

One of them tried to change the transaction amount, however, the males ran off when the customer shouted at them, drawing attention to the incident.

No money was reported as having been taken.

Just before 7 pm, a report of attempted theft was made about an incident on Burn Road in Cookstown where a female was reportedly using the ATM when she was confronted by a number of males who tried to take cash from her.



When challenged, it was reported the males fled empty-handed in what was described an ‘old-style’ blue-coloured Volkswagen Golf.

At around 7:45 pm, police received a report of a man using the cash machine on William Street in Cookstown had a sum of money taken from him by a number of males.

Detective Inspector Darren Handley said, “Enquiries into these crimes are continuing.

“I would also encourage anyone who may have been targeted in the same way but has not reported what happened to them to please make a report to us.

“You can get in contact by calling 101 and quoting reference number 1593 of 20/06/20.



“You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via

“Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Detective Inspector Handley added, “It’s really important people are vigilant when using cash machines and that they’re aware of their surroundings.

“Don’t allow yourself to be distracted, not even for a few seconds, because that’s all an opportunist thief needs.”

They were due to appear in Newry Magistrates’ Court this morning, Monday, 22 June.



As is usual procedure the charges will be reviewed by the PPS.


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