Officers received a report that a van drove away from an area forecourt without attempting to pay for fuel.
Posting on social media, a spokesperson for the NI Road Policing and Safety unit said: ‘The fact that the occupants took action to cover the license plates of the vehicle showed their intent.
“The vehicle was stopped by officers from the ANPR Intercept Team in the Newry, Morne and Down Police area. Following the arrest, two men were arrested for a number of offenses including theft, robbery, prohibited driving and lack of insurance. One of the men was also wanted on warrant.
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Providing an update to this newspaper today (Thursday), a PSNI spokesman said: ‘Larne Police charged a 29-year-old man with theft and a 22-year-old man with theft, being fitted for theft, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
“Both men are due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Monday September 19.
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“In accordance with normal procedure, all charges will be considered by the prosecution.”