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Furniture business robbed ‘to order’


A CASTLEDERG councillor believes a local furniture business was ‘robbed to order’ when thieves made off with a large quantity of goods.

Suites of furniture, mattresses and lino were among the goods taken from ‘Derg Carpets & Furniture’ at Castlederg Enterprise Centre on the Drumquin Road. Entry was made through the rear and the stock taken away in a lorry sometime between 5.30pm on Wednesday ( March 7) and 9am the following morning.

Sinn Féin councillor Ruairi McHugh (pictured), who knows the owner of the business, described him as a “hard working family man who has built up a good business and reputation over many years.”

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Mr McHugh said, “He was not just robbed, he was robbed to order. The thieves went past furniture to take the most expensive items in a meticulous fashion.”

The local councillor also stated it was “the latest in a long line of robberies in the area.”

He added, “My reaction is one of dismay. Here we go yet again dealing with another robbery in the Castlederg area. The community is wondering who will be next. There seems to be no end in sight to this type of activity.

“It is practically happening on a weekly basis in the Castlederg and wider locality. I would ask anyone with any information, no matter how small, to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

Anyone with information about the robbery or suspicious activity in the area or the whereabouts of the goods is asked to contact police in Strabane on 101 quoting reference number 246 08/03/19.

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