01/02/2007

Guns and ammunition stolen in south Belast

A quantity of guns and ammunition have been stolen during an armed robbery at a property in south Belfast yesterday evening.

The incident happened at around 9pm, when four men – two of whom were armed, one with an iron bar and the other with a hammer, broke into a house in the Balfour Avenue area of the city.

The thieves threatened the home-owner, who was asleep on the sofa at the time, before making off with two guns, an air rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and 20 shotgun cartridges.

Two of the men are described as being around 5' 7" in height, and of slim build. All four of the men were wearing dark clothing, hoods or baseball caps, and scarves covering their faces.

Detectives investigating the robbery have asked for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone who may have any information in connection with it, to contact them on 0845 600 8000, or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

(EF)

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