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Charity boxes stolen in Castlederg store raid

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A POPULAR local shop in Castlederg has been broken into and ransacked for the first time in 20 years.

On Saturday morning of last week Patsy McGlynn arrived to open up his store – the Riverside Service Station – on Main Street, when he discovered the front door had been forced open and his shop had been burgled.

As well as stealing the cash register and a large quantity of cigarettes, the criminals also stooped even lower by taking two charity collection boxes.

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Speaking to the Strabane Chronicle, Mr McGlynn said he will now have to look at additional security measures.

“I have been here for about 20 years and this is the first time we have been broken into,” Mr McGlynn said.

“You sort of know what type of people would be doing this, when they even take the charity boxes.

“We had to do a bit of clearing up to do, but we are open again and back in business,” he said.

In an appeal for information, the police revealed that a dark coloured vehicle may have been seen at the premises at around 5am.

The charity boxes stolen were collecting money for the Chest Heart & Stroke and Friends Of Kenya charities.

Just last month, charity boxes were stolen from Sion Baptist Church, when burglar(s) broke into the building on the Melmount Road, causing significant damage.

And in February, burglars also targeted the parochial house at St Theresa’s Church, as the priest said Saturday evening Mass.

The PSNI have asked anyone with information on the burglary at Riverside Service Station to contact them on 101 quoting reference 317 22/4/17.
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