Cigarettes snatched in supermarket burglary

Dungiven Supervalu. (2202PG05)
Dungiven Supervalu. (2202PG05)

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a Dungiven supermarket in the early hours of Wednesday where thieves stole a quantity of cigarettes.

The burglary at O’Kane’s of Dungiven, Supervalu, on Garvagh Road is believed to have happened between 3.35am and 4.10am.

A spokesperson for the Dungiven Supervalu said thieves gained access by breaking the shutter, however there was little inconvenience to the business and staff were able to operate as normal.

The spokesperson said the thieves were “suited from head to toe”, and urged anyone with information, or who is offered cigarettes for sale at a cheap price, to contact police.

The Supervalu spokesperson said the business had got off lightly, compared to other businesses which have been targeted and that have been forced to carry out building work due to damage caused.

“There was very little inconvenience and we were able to trade as normal,” said the spokesperson.

Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey said he was disgusted at what happened, and said it appeared there had been a spate of thefts in the area recently.

He said it highlighted the importance of police patrols.

“I know they can’t be everywhere, and they can’t stop everything, but they can act as a deterrent if they are out on patrol,” he said.

“We need police on the beat, and not policing flag protests all over the country.”

Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in this area or who knows anything about this incident is asked to contact CID in Limavady Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.