by MARY MAGEE
and Spencer are offering a £10,000 reward to anyone who can help
catch robbers who made off with £100,000 from their Sprucefield
store in Lisburn last week.
The robbery followed a so called 'tiger
kidnapping' in which they held captive an employee's partner
from Hannahstown and her two infant children on Thursday
The mother and her two infants were taken
hostage when the gang forced their way into their home in
Hannahstown shortly after 4am.
The family were then forced into a blue Transit
van and driven to the Boucher Road Retail Park in South Belfast.
The woman's partner was then ordered to go to
Sprucefield Retail Park where he was forced to take tens of
thousands of pounds from a safe.
He then handed over the stolen money to
members of the gang sitting in a silver car nearby.
The mother and her two children were later able
to free themselves from the van and were shocked but unhurt.
believe that the van had been fitted with false number plates
which had been stolen in Garvagh, Co. Derry three months ago.
Officers are trawling though CCTV footage at Sprucefield and
Boucher Road Retail Park for clues.
Marks & Spencer later issued a statement
saying they were offering a reward.
"Marks & Spencer is offering a £10,000 reward
for information leading to the successful prosecution of anyone
involved in a serious incident that took place at its Lisburn
store in the early hours of the morning on December 18," he
"We are offering this £10,000 reward in the
hope it will encourage anyone holding information to come
forward and co-operate fully with the Police."
Anyone with information can ring the police
on 028 90561812 or ring the Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.