Detectives in Ballymoney are investigating three break-ins in Ballymoney overnight between Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 May. Two charity shops, one on Main Street and the other on High Street were broken in, as well as a fast food outlet at Rodden Foot.
Inspector David Anderson said: “In each case, staff arrived to open up to discover that the back door had been forced open and the premises broken into. Sums of cash and a laptop were taken during the break ins.
“Crime scene investigators have visited the three scenes and detectives are looking at possible links.
“I am appalled that criminals would target charity shops and an independent local business in this way. Charity shops benefit the most vulnerable in our society and are often staffed by volunteers. Likewise, independent local businesses are operating in tough times and create jobs in our communities. Breaking into and stealing from these businesses is a low act.
“If you have any information on the incidents, or if you saw suspicious activity in the Ballymoney town centre area overnight, please contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”