Man charged in connection with hold-up at filling station
Gardaí have charged a 21-year-old man in connection with a robbery at a fuel station at Greenane, Clonmel on Monday.
The man is due to appear before Clonmel District Court today at 10.30am.
The incident happened at the AppleGreen shop in Greenane in Clonmel at 4.30am.
The lone raider approached the hatch of the filling station and threatened staff with the weapon but only escaped with cigarettes.
Staff at the shop raised the alarm as the raider escaped on foot.
Local gardai observed the suspect walking towards the centre of the town and tracked his movements using CCTV.
As the suspect neared the centre of the town a planned operation involving armed local units and the regional response team was put in place.
"The male suspect brandished and pointed the firearm (appears to be a handgun) at Gardaí as he approached Clonmel town centre," a garda spokemsan said
An area in the centre of Clonmel was secured and cleared and the suspect was confronted when he arrived at Sarsfield Street in the town.
The man, who is in his early 20s and from the town, gave up his weapon and was arrested and brought to Clonmel garda station.
There were no injuries in the incident.