Gunpoint thieves at former Dungannon church sacristan home linked to forty previous crimes

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Two men have been charged over an aggravated burglary in Dungannon on Friday night.

A former Catholic church sacristan and his wife were threatened at gunpoint and left badly shaken when two men forced their way into their home on the Circular Road at around 10pm.

The couple live next door to the parochial house for Dungannon parish – leading to speculation that they may have been targeted by mistake.

They threatened the couple before fleeing with a sum of money and jewellery.

PSNI detective inspector Will Tate said the man and woman were left “very badly shaken”.

The burglars, aged 37 and 32, have also been charged with similar aggravated burglaries and robberies across the North, including in West Belfast and Newcastle.

The men appeared at Newtownards Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with more than 40 offences each, including, but not limited to, aggravated burglary, robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, false imprisonment and assault on police.

They were detained on Sunday after a car, stolen during an aggravated burglary in Newcastle, was spotted by police on Saintfield Road outside Belfast. It was followed and subsequently pursued and intercepted on the Seven Mile Straight in Antrim. The defendants, who ran from the vehicle, were detained a very short distance away.

Both have been remanded into custody and are due to reappear at Newtownards court on August 5.