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Masked thugs point gun at terrified shop staff in armed raid

Robin Schiller

Published 21/08/2015 | 08:28

Terrified staff were held at gunpoint and threatened by two armed raiders in the country’s latest aggravated robbery.

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The assailants entered the Village Store in Kildalkey, Co Meath yesterday evening at approximately 5:45pm.

The two thugs wore hoods and were armed with a handgun and an iron bar.

Two staff members were threatened with the gun-wielding thug pointing his firearm at them.

The raiders fled the scene in a car driven by another man.

None of the employees were physically injured during the incident, but have been described as being “deeply upset”.

A manhunt was launched involving officers from Trim Garda station, the Regional Response Unit and the Garda air support unit. Investigating gardai stopped a car in Navan shortly after midnight and arrested a 24-year-old man.

He is currently detained under section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Trim Garda Station. A search is still under way for the other two men believed to be involved in the robbery.

BURGLARY

In a separate aggravated burglary this week, a gang of up to four armed men entered a premises in Co Dublin and threatened staff

It is believe one raider entered the unit in the Bluebell business park at approximately 6.20pm on Tuesday evening, but was disturbed by employees.

As the workers attempted to prevent the man from escaping, three more men entered the unit and a handgun and a knife were produced.

The staff were threatened but no one was injured during the incident. The raiders eventually fled the scene and it is not believed that anything was taken.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident.

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