Police go door to door to catch armed robbers who terrorised couple

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Police are carrying out house to house enquiries in a bid to catch three men who terrified a young couple during an armed robbery.

The couple in their 30s were tied up during the incident after three men, two of them armed, arrived at their Chinauley Park home on Monday night.

The robbers ransacked the house before making off with a sum of cash and the family car, a white Mercedes CLA 45.

The couple were not physically injured but left shocked by their ordeal.

Upper Bann MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has described the armed robbery as repulsive, she said: “This young couple were subjected to an absolutely horrendous ordeal. To answer your door in the early evening and be faced with armed men is absolutely sickening.

“I understand the criminals, who came armed with a sawn-off shotgun, then used cable ties to bind the couple after which a considerable amount of money and the family car was stolen from them.

“I know the area well and have spoken with neighbours who are in shock at this ordeal. My thoughts are with this young couple today as they come to terms with this repulsive experience.

“I have spoken with senior PSNI officers and have been reassured that they are doing all they can to bring those responsible to justice including localised door to door investigation. I also appeal for anyone who may have seen their white Mercedes CLA 45, which is quite a rare model, to report this to the PSNI as a matter of urgency.

“Finally I encourage members of the public to come forward with any information they may have which could help catch these criminals.”

One male is described as being aged in his mid-30’s or early 40’s, of medium build and height and with dark brown stubble.

The second male is described as being approximately 6’ tall and well built. The third male is described as being approximately 5’5” tall and of slim build.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information about the location of the white Mercedes car to contact detectives in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 1312 of 03/10/16.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.