DUNGANNON trader and councillor Walter Cuddy has said last week’s robbery of a local bookmaker premises by men armed with a knife has left a “lasting trauma” on staff.
The robbery was carried out on Wednesday (March 6) night at around 7.55pm at Hughes Bookmakers on Scotch Street near the town centre.
Two men entered the premises with a blade and according to a message put up by Dungannon PSNI on Facebook, made off with a “large sum of money.”
One of the men jumped across the counter and took the cash from the tills before making off from the scene towards the Beech Valley area.
Two members of staff and two other males were inside the premises at the time of the incident, but there were no reports of any injuries.
It has been reported that the two individuals wore navy clothing with one in white footwear the other with grey footwear. One of the men is also believed to be have worn a coat with orange markings.
Cllr Cuddy appealed for anyone with information about the theft to bring it forward to the police.
He said, “It is very concerning. I know from other shop owners there have been other attempted robberies in recent times. It is a concerning trend. To threaten staff with knives and physical force and rob the premises is not just a loss to the owners it also leaves a lasting trauma on staff.
“It is tough enough on high street shops to put in safeguards for money and staff. We are here to make a living and pay staff and add to the welfare of the town. It is very important this is stopped. It is also a very bad reflection on the town.”
Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew said staff at were “left shocked” and also urged anyone “who seen this incident or may have any information to bring it forward to the PSNI.”
A police spokesman said enquiries into the crime are continuing.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 1224 6/3/19.