Armed gardai in car chase after spate of robberies and hijacking in South Dublin
- 7.20am: Men rob service station with crowbarand screwdriver
- 9.15am: Two raiders threaten staff in shop with hammer and shears
- 4pm: Car used in raids torched and car hijacked from female driver
- 5pm: Gardaí arrest two men after major chase
Gardaí investigating a spate of robberies in South Dublin have arrested two men after a car was hijacked.
The men are suspected of carrying out armed robberies at a service station in Palmerstown and a shop in Tallaght on Thursday.
During the first incident two men entered service station armed with a crowbar and screwdriver at 7.20am and threatened staff before making off with a small amount of cash.
Just under two hours later two men entered a shop in Killinarden armed with a hammer and what appeared to be a garden shears. Again, staff were threatened but on this occasion the raiders left empty handed. No one was injured in the raids.
Gardaí say the vehicle believed to be involved these incidents, a silver hatchback, was discovered burnt out in Shankill. At approximately 4pm a female driver was stopped by two males a short distance away on Old Connaught Drive and her car was hijacked.
She was uninjured in the incident.
Gardaí say they identified this vehicle, a black hatchback, driving recklessly in the Rathfarnham area at approximately 5pm.
A spokesman said: "They gave chase with assistance of the Armed Support Unit & Air Support. The vehicle came to a halt in the Saggart area when the driver lost control and the two men fled on foot.
"They were pursued by Gardaí and apprehended. They are currently detained at Tallaght Garda station under Sect 4 CJA. The two men are both aged in their 30s."