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Stolen car used in late night ram raid on Portadown shop

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Detectives investigating a ram raid-type incident in Portadown last night (Friday) are appealing for witnesses and information.

Police were alerted at 10.35pm that just minutes earlier a black Opel Antara car had reversed a number of times into the shutters of a shop on Lurgan Road, causing extensive damage to the shop front.

A masked male, who was in the vehicle, then entered the premises and made an attempt to remove the in-store ATM, without success.

The male then left the vehicle, which has since been recovered in the Parkmore area of Craigavon.

The suspect who entered the shop is believed to have been wearing a dark hooded top with the hood pulled up, white shoes and tartan trousers with large checks – red and white – and either dark blue or black.

Detective Sergeant McCarragher said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the Lurgan Road area last night just before or after 10.30pm and witnessed this incident to get in touch with us.

“I would also appeal to anyone who believes they saw the Opel Antara in the area or who has information about its movements after it was reported stolen earlier in the day from the Churchill Place area of Waringstown to call detectives in Lurgan on 101 and quote reference number 2240 of 31/07/20.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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