DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses following 2 armed robberies yesterday, Sunday, February 4. 

Shortly after 10.30 am it was reported that two unknown males, one armed with a hammer, entered a shop on Main Street in Dundrum and threatened staff before making off with a sum of cash.

It is believed that the suspects made off in a silver coloured car that was parked nearby.

At around 1.40 pm it was reported that 3 unknown males entered an off licence on North Queen Street in north Belfast and threaten staff with a knife.

The males make off with a sum of cash, a quantity of cigarettes and a number of bottles of alcohol.

A female member of staff sustained a cut to her hand during the incident.

It is believed the suspects made off in a silver coloured car that was parked in Upper Canning Street.

A silver Citroen car believed to have been involved in the incidents was found abandoned on Upper Whiterock Road in west Belfast at around 4 pm yesterday afternoon.

A 23 year old male and a 27 year old female were arrested a short distance away on suspicion of a number of offences.

A 41 year old male was arrested in the Belfast area earlier today in connection with the incidents.

The female was interviewed and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Both males remain in police custody at this time.

Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incidents or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting reference 807 of 04/02/18.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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