Police warning following distraction thefts this week

Police in Omagh are investigating two incidents of distraction theft at commercial premises in the town on Tuesday, May 16 and are asking shopkeepers to be alert.

Superintendent Jane Humphries said, “In the first incident, two women described as being of Eastern European appearance, entered a supermarket on the Dromore Road at around 4pm, and asked a staff member for change from the till for a number of large denomination notes. Change was given but the women then asked for their original notes back and handed the smaller notes back to the staff member. It was later discovered that not all of the notes had been handed back and the women had made off with a sum of money.

“In the second incident, two women matching the description of those involved in the previous theft, entered a shop in the Great Northern Retail Park shortly after 4pm. One of the women distracted a member of staff by asking for change from the till whilst the other made off with a large bag of goods.”


“One of the women was described as having a swarthy complexion with dark hair whilst the second had light brown hair. Both were said to be aged in their 30’s and wore long dresses. The women are believed to have been travelling in a grey coloured Audi A6 car with a southern registration plates.”

“ I would ask shopkeepers to exercise caution at all times and I would also appeal to anyone with any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact officers in Omagh on 101 quoting reference number 829 16/05/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


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