THE owner of a shop robbed at gunpoint over the weekend has paid tribute to the brave staff and gardai who dealt with the incident.
The shop workers were left in shock when four men, including one wielding a handgun, burst into the Costcutter shop in Lusk, north Co Dublin.
But owner John Wilson said they managed to keep their cool and followed security procedures perfectly.
"It is a credit to them. They dealt with it so calmly and only for that it could have been much worse," Mr Wilson said.
Just before 10pm on Saturday four men wearing balaclavas burst into the shop and ambushed the staff. The workers were forced in to a storage area and an office at the back of the premises.
They were then held at gunpoint by one man while the others stole almost €10,000.
At one point, the armed man demanded that a staff member locate bin liners to put the money into.
A number of unsuspecting customers were also threatened by the raiders and held against their will.
The attack lasted for less than 10 minutes and a staff member managed to activate the shop's panic button. Gardai were on the scene within minutes.
Three men, aged in their mid-20s to late-40s, were apprehended by detectives from Balbriggan garda station when they intercepted a car nearby.
Two firearms were recovered, along with all the money.
Mr Wilson added: "If they (the staff) need counselling or anything, we will sort that out."
He also said he wanted to offer his gratitude to gardai who he said had done a "fantastic job".
The three suspects have been detained at Swords, Raheny and Clontarf garda stations.
Gardai are searching for the fourth man involved in the robbery who managed to escape.
Two men were killed by an armed garda in a raid on the shop, which also houses a post office, in May 2005.