Thursday 17 April 2014

Off-duty gardai hailed as heroes after foiling knife raid on store

TWO off-duty garda officers have been hailed heroes for foiling a city centre robbery.

Two of the capital's most prolific armed robbers were in custody last night after the officers prevented them from fleeing a Centra shop on Westland Row.

The drama unfolded at about 7pm when the two masked north Dublin thugs aged 51 and 48 entered the shop near Pearse Street Dart station armed with knives and threatened staff.

They attempted to make off with €2,000 but were spotted by an off-duty officer who is serving with the fraud squad.

The quick-thinking detective kicked over the raiders' getaway bike and threw a traffic cone at the pair when they tried to flee.

The off-duty garda restrained the two suspects and they were arrested by officers from the nearby Pearse Street station.


Shop owner Ronan Frayne said it would have been a lot worse without the intervention of the gardai. “Two guys came in wearing motorbike gear and started shouting for money,” he said.

“They started to fill their pockets with whatever they could, but luckily two off-duty gardai were passing independently of each other.

“One knew what was happening very quickly and he knocked over their motorbike before using a traffic cone to stop them from leaving and he tackled them to the ground.”

Last night's arrests are just the latest success for officers based at Pearse Street after two gardai arrested a suspect following a city centre chase and recovered €600 he stole from a shop in Aston Quay on Friday evening.

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