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Cash and jewellery stolen in separate lunchtime robberies in Fintona and Portadown

The car was found on fire nearby at Barr Road a short time later

A CASH in transit van has been robbed as it was filling an ATM in Co Tyrone by a man wearing a `Halloween-type' mask and armed with a suspected firearm.

Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said the robbery happened just after 1pm at Tattymoyle Road in Fintona on Saturday.

The robber made off with a cash box in a waiting black coloured VW Golf car - with partial registration DV08 - being driven by an accomplice.

The car was found on fire nearby at Barr Road a short time later.

DS Reid said "anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with our investigation, is asked to call detectives in Omagh on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 940 08/08/20".

Meanwhile, detectives in Portadown town centre are investigating an armed robbery at a jewellers shortly after 2pm the same afternoon.

Two men wearing facemasks and one armed with a knife threatened two members of staff at the Church Lane store, demanding money and jewellery.

They made off in the direction of Obin Street.

The robbers were both wearing navy blue tops and one had a grey flat cap.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who may have seen the two males leave the jewellers or at any time after the robbery, or anyone who recorded mobile phone or dash-cam footage to call 101, quoting reference 1073 08/08/20.

Information on both crimes can be reported online.

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