Tuesday 19 September 2017

Gardai probe five separate robberies in four counties

Tom Brady and Eimear Ni Bhraonain

TWO suspects were in custody last night as gardai stepped up their inquiries into five separate robberies in four counties.

The first incident yesterday took place when an employee of Boggans pub in Rathcore, Enfield, Co Meath, was attacked by two members of a gang, who were armed with a knife, shortly after he had left the premises around 1.50am.

He was ordered back to the pub where two other accomplices were waiting, and he was forced to open a safe.

An alarm was then set off and the gang fled with over €4,000. Their getaway car was later found burnt out in Coolock, on the northside of Dublin.

And two men from Waterford city were arrested following a post office hold-up in the village of Lismore around 10am.

Raiders

Raiders, armed with a handgun and a hammer, ran into the premises and threatened the shocked staff before making off with a "cash" bag.

However, the bag did not contain money and had been filled with envelopes. They made their escape in a green Maxima car, which was later found burnt out a few miles away at Ballysaggart.

The two raiders are believed to have then switched to an SUV, which was stopped by gardai in the Comeragh Mountains, near Clonmel, after an extensive search.

Two suspects, from the Ballybeg area of Waterford city, were detained and were being questioned last night at Dungarvan garda station under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. They can be held without charge for up to three days.

The initial getaway car had been purchased recently on-line.

Meanwhile, two men, armed with a knife and a hammer, held up staff at the post office in Avoca, Co Wicklow, yesterday morning, and made off with up to €2,000 in children's allowance payments.

Gardai think this robbery may be linked to another post office raid yesterday afternoon in Arklow where two thugs had to flee empty handed.

They made their getaway in a blue Civic car, which was pursued by gardai who had been in the Main Street area at the time. The suspects were still on the run last night.

Meanwhile, gardai stepped up their investigations yesterday into a raid on a shop in Crinkle, near Birr, Co Offaly, the previous night.

A machete-wielding raider burst into the shop and terrified a female member of staff before escaping with a small amount of cash.

Irish Independent

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