Heartless thieves strike on wedding day

OPPORTUNISTIC thieves stole a handbag from a car parked at a church during the wedding of a Rathfriland couple at the weekend.

The bag, containing cards and cash was stolen from a guest at the wedding of Paul Connolly and Clare McChesney at St Mary’s Church in Rathfriland on Saturday.

Police later recovered the handbag but some of the contents were missing. The groom’s mother Kate said she was disappointed that it had happened, but the thieves did not succeed in ruining her son’s big day.

“I think it was just opportunistic thieves and I’d like to make people aware that this type of thing can and does happen.

“We did not let it ruin the day, we had a great day in spite of what happened.”

The bride and groom are off to Thailand and Dubai to enjoy their honeymoon in the coming weeks.

In a separate incident it is understood flowers were also removed from the end pews in the church.

Police confirmed they had received a report of a stolen handbag.

“Police in Newry are investigating the theft of a handbag from a gold coloured Izuzu Trooper which was parked on Newry St, Rathfriland on Saturday August 18.

“The owner of the vehicle had attended a wedding in the area and upon her return noticed the passenger side window had been smashed and her handbag, which was sitting in the passenger foot well, had been stolen.”

In light of the incident police have issued further advice relating to vehicle security.

“Leaving valuables, such as your handbag, wallet, CD player, laptop, Sat Nav or phone on view in your vehicle is like an open invitation to opportunist thieves,” said the spokeswoman.

“If they see something valuable on view, they will find a way to get it. You only have to leave your vehicle for a short time for a thief to act.

“Police would ask anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information about this current theft to contact them at Newry on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”