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Monday 20 November 2017

Fitness guru too quick for theft suspect

Michael Black has helped several Donegal footballers reach peak fitness
Michael Black has helped several Donegal footballers reach peak fitness

Stephen Maguire

A FITNESS guru, who helped train Donegal's All-Ireland-winning football stars, foiled a suspected thief after valuables had been stolen from an office.

Michael Black has helped such stars as Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden. The quick-thinking fitness trainer, who runs Optimal Fitness in Letterkenny, was completing a children's fun camp on Tuesday afternoon when business neighbour and friend Tommy Gallagher reported keys missing from his premises.

A suspect in a black hoodie had also been seen lurking around other parts of the building.

"He was standing at the top of the road and someone called gardai but then he took off," said Mr Black, who has won many road races around the country in the past few years.

"He went into the back of houses and over fences and I just kept going. I have to admit that he lost me at one stage in the Medisize business premises, then suddenly he reappeared and I could see him throwing things out of his pockets.

"I ran after him and managed to get him this time and I marched back up the road to where gardai had arrived."

Mr Black said gardai then took the suspect around the route of his getaway and recovered a number of items, including cash.

Gardai say that a man is expected to appear before a future sitting of the courts in relation to the incident.

Irish Independent

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