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Money stolen from a collection box in Castlederg Chapel

ST Patrick’s Church in Castlederg has become the latest target in a string of burglaries and robberies which have been sweeping across Tyrone in recent months.

Thieves entered the church on the Castlefin Road on Sunday evening and caused extensive damage to two candelabras before making off with a sum of money.

Sergeant Neville Martin from the PSNI said,  “We received a report at 6:20pm that a male had been inside the church on Castlefin Road and had damaged a candelabra.

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“It was also reported that a collection box inside the church had been forced open and a sum of money was stolen. It’s believed this occurred between 5:35pm and 5:50pm, and the suspect was accompanied by another male at the time. 

“Both suspects are described as being between 5’8” and 5′ 10” tall. One of them is described as being as being of an average build with dark hair and wore a blue coat, black tracksuit bottoms, white socks and black trainers.

“The second suspect is described as being of a slighter build, fairer haired and wore grey jogging bottoms, a black jacket with a grey hood, possible from a hooded top underneath. 

“I want to appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident, or who was in the area and saw two males matching the description of the suspects to get in touch. 

“Anyone who can help us with our enquiries is asked to call us on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 1127 of 24/02/19.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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