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Belfast pharmacy targeted by armed would-be robber

By Natasha Wynarczyk
Freelance journalist

18 Jan 2019

Staff at a pharmacy in Belfast were left ‘shocked’ after a man walked in with what appeared to be a bread knife and demanded money.

Mooney’s Pharmacy, on Clifton Street in the north of the city, was targeted yesterday evening (17 January) in an attempted robbery, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The man, who was also carrying several DVDs when he entered the shop, handed a female shop assistant a note asking for money.

However, she was able to quickly step away from the counter and alert police, causing him to flee the scene without her being harmed, the PSNI said.

The Pharmacist has contacted Mooney’s Pharmacy for comment.


Description of would-be robber


The suspect has ginger hair and wears glasses, according to the PSNI.

He was also wearing light grey shorts, a navy Adidas jacket over a grey hoody, with ankle socks and plimsoles and had his mouth covered with a scarf.

Detective Sergeant Mchillips said: ‘Although no-one in the shop was physically hurt, staff were left shocked by what happened.’

A spokesperson for the PSNI told The Pharmacist that enquiries are ‘continuing’ and detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Information can be passed on to the PSNI by calling 101, quoting reference number 912 of 17/1/19.

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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