Burnt out van linked to Omeath armed robbery

August 25, 2014

A vehicle set on fire close to the Flagstaff viewpoint on Ferryhill Road, Newry on Wednesday is being linked to an armed robbery, police have said.

The small white van was discovered ablaze shortly after 9.30am.  It’s believed the vehicle may have been deliberately set alight by thieves involved in an armed robbery in Omeath earlier that morning.

The Examiner understands that a large quantity of cash was discovered contained in a safe at the scene, which had been tampered with in a bid to open it.  Traces of dye consistent with the interference of the safe’s mechanisms were also visible.

Police have refused to confirm that cash was recovered from the scene, stating only that “a sum of money was stolen” in the robbery.

Chief Inspector Davy Beck said his officers believe the van was used in the armed robbery in Omeath, in which the gang made off with the stolen cash.

Stating that enquiries are continuing, he said: “This is a popular area for tourists and walkers at this time of year therefore I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Ferryhill Road, Newry and the area of Flagstaff Viewpoint, and who noted any suspicious activity, to contact detectives at Newry on the non-emergency number 101, who are working closely with colleagues from An Garda Siochána.”

Fire Service personnel extinguished the blaze and the vehicle was subsequently removed for further examination.