Ram-raid on Cloughreagh convenience store condemned

November 17, 2014

Local family convenience store, McCooey’s Shop on the Camlough Road, near Cloughreagh sustained significant damage during a crudely orchestrated ram-raid robbery which took place in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police were alerted to the break-in at around 4am when it was discovered that the front metal shutters and windows of the shop were substantially damaged in an apparent ram-raid.

Police believe the damage was caused by a heavy vehicle, possibly a 4×4, being deliberately driven at the shop in order to gain access to the premises. The perpetrator made off with a small amount of cash in the early morning robbery which has been met with widespread condemnation in the area.

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady described the robbery of the well known shop which has served the local community for generations as “an attack on the community.”

“This disgraceful attack on a local Convenience Store, owned by a respected family for generations is viewed by most of us also as an attack on this community” said the MLA who continued “I would appeal for anyone with information regarding this incident to give it to the PSNI. Those who carried out this dastardly act should face the full rigours of the law.”

Inspector Edel Stinton called on anyone who noticed any suspicious vehicles or activity in the area between 3am and 4am or who has any information to contact CID in Ardmore on 101.