Two masked men forced a worker into a building and threatened him at a business on the Doagh Road in Whiteabbey, Co Antrim.
The incident happened last night (Friday, December 7) around 8pm.
The two suspects drove off in a van with wet paint equipment.
Inspector Patrick Mullan said police received a report last night that a worker had been approached by two masked men who had got out of a white transit-type van.
The men forced the worker into a building, made him lie on the floor, and threatened him, according to police.
“The two suspects remained with the worker while the van was driven onto the premises before it returned a short time later, driving off with the suspects and a number of pieces of wet paint equipment.
“This must have been frightening for the worker who was only doing his job last night. Thankfully, he was not physically injured, but he has been left shaken by his ordeal,” said Inspector Patrick Mullan.
The following items were reported stolen – a Graco King Air-Assisted Airless Paint Sprayer (serial number M08201806); a Graco King Airless Paint Sprayer (serial number M08201809) and a Graco King Airless Paint Sprayer (serial number M08201803).
Detectives in Antrim investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses and information.
The two suspects who remained with the man are described as being around 5’ 11’’. They were wearing dark-coloured snoods, dark-coloured beanie-style hats, dark-coloured combat-style bottoms and dark-hooded jackets with grey woollen gloves.
The driver is believed to be in his late 30s/40s, and is reported to have worn a high vis vest with a jacket underneath.
“I want to make a number of appeals today. Were you in the Doagh Road area last night around 8pm? Did you see any suspicious activity? Did you see a white transit-type van in the area being driven suspiciously? If you did, did you capture dash cam footage of it? Have you been offered any items for sale in suspicious circumstances matching those reported stolen?
“If you have information you believe may assist our investigation, please call detectives in Antrim on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 1265 of 07/12/18,” added Inspector Patrick Mullan.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.