Two men arrested following armed robbery in South Dublin
Two men have been arrested after a botched robbery on a filling station in Blackrock.
Witnesses spotted the bungling raiders trying to cross the Stillorgan dual carriageway after the raid and were able to point the direction in which they ran to gardai arriving at the scene moments later.
The incident happened at the Applegreen station at 6.25pm yesterday evening when the shop was full of witnesses.
One of the men was armed with what was believed to be a gun and the other had a hammer.
Applegreen supervisor Craig Sheridan said the robbery did not seem very well planned.
“They came in at a very busy time of the day, and had to come across the dual carriageway on foot to get here, and they weren’t very well disguised,” he said.
“It was just before 6.30pm and there were around 15 customers in the shop, but they just ran straight around the counter and demanded the money,” Craig explained.
“They were talking loudly with Dublin accents, not shouting, but threatening the staff member who opened the register,” he added.
Manager Karolis Jonikas said the men didn’t appear to be well prepared.
“They were wearing hi-viz jackets and hats but didn’t have their faces too well covered. They looked like they were living rough and needed some money and came up with the idea of robbing a shop,” he said.
After the robbery they two raiders ran back across the Stillorgan dual carriageway, but gardai who arrived quickly to the scene after the alarm was raised noticed something suspicious across the road from the garage and went to investigate.
The two suspects, aged 36 and 48, were arrested on the Lower Kilmacud Road and a sum of cash – said to be less than €1,000 – was recovered.
They were taken to Blackrock Garda Station, where they were being questioned in relation to the incident.
“They got them very quickly and recovered the money,” Mr Jonikas told the Herald. “Thankfully, nobody was hurt. The staff and customers were a bit shocked but there were no injuries.”