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Female gang sought by police over south Armagh robberies

Police are investigating two robberies believed to have been carried out by a female gang who targeted a vehicle and a baby accessories shop in south Armagh on Wednesday evening last.   

First to fall victim to the gang was an unsuspecting parent collecting her child from Happy Faces nursery in Silverbridge.  CCTV footage (pictured) captured the audacious robbery taking place after the parent had pulled up to the front door of the nursery at around 5.10pm and left her car unlocked as she hurried in to collect her child.  

Once inside, the thieves struck, with one of the gang entering the car park on foot after leaving a vehicle which was parked across the road from the busy nursery.  The woman, dressed in a white coat and matching white bobble hat, can be seen looting the parent’s vehicle during the 90 seconds she is inside,  making off to the waiting car with a handbag and other valuables. 

Approximately an hour later, the female trio were once again captured on CCTV when they brazenly walked into King’s Baby Shop just outside Keady shortly before 7pm.  

The women are believed to have pulled up in a silver saloon southern registered vehicle before three of them exited vehicle and entered the store, while a fourth woman, described as blonde and middle-aged, waited in the car.  The women made off from King’s with over £2,000 worth of baby goods, including an EGG Jurassic black limited edition pram.

Both King’s Baby Shop and Happy Days shared the CCTV images on their Facebook pages in an appeal for information, and to warn potential victims about the gang. 

Just days later, around lunchtime on Sunday afternoon, two of the gang were spotted in the same southern registered Silver Saloon vehicle after being thwarted in the attempted robbery of a house in rural Carnally.  The women were seen in the front of the car with a male in the back seat along with another vehicle, an English registration white Transit van with two men inside. The gang are understood to have approached a rural home in the area before been scared off the property by the owners. 

Sharing the sighting on social media on Sunday, Sinn Fein councillor Barra O’Muiri urged people to stay vigilant.  He warned that the gang, who he said were involved in the Happy Faces and King’s robberies, were targeting rural dwellings, striking once the occupier leaves.  

Police have confirmed they are investigating a link between both robberies with enquiries continuing. They have appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious or who saw a silver Saloon style car at both incidents or any further sightings to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1052 7/11/18.