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Armed robbers hit Rush Centra

ANOTHER RAID IN TOWN THAT JUST LOST ITS GARDA STATION

JOHN MANNING

Published 28/08/2012 | 14:58

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TWO MEN armed with a shotgun and a crow-bar held up terrified staff and customers at a Rush shop in the second armed robbery in the town in just over a month.

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Armed raiders have hit a Centra store in Rush and escaped with almost €8,000 in goods and cash. The latest major crime in the town has brought renewed criticism of the decision taken earlier this year to shut the local Garda station. In this latest incident, the raiders collected €6,000 worth of cigarettes, €100 worth of alcohol and some €1,500 in cash before wrapping up the entire stash in what looked like a bed-sheet and making their escape. ARMED raiders have hit a convenience store in Rush and escaped with almost €8,000 in goods and cash in the second armed robbery in just a few weeks in the small town which lost its Garda station earlier this year.

At 9.50 p.m. on Thursday night, August 23, two armed raiders burst through the doors at the Centra on the Whitestown Road in Rush. One man was armed with a shotgun while the other carried a crowbar. Terrified members of staff and a customer were held by one of the raiders in the shop while the manager was forced by the second robber to take him to the back of the store where goods and cash were kept. The raiders collected €6,000 worth of cigarettes, €100 worth of alcohol and some €1,500 in cash before wrapping up the entire stash in what looked like a bed-sheet and making their escape. It is understood that staff were not able to use the panic button during the raid but raised the alarm quickly after the raiders left the store. The man carrying the shotgun was wearing a black jacket and blue and white runners and wore a 'green army-type hat' which covered his face.

The second raider carried an orange-red crowbar and wore a white hooded top, a dark navy Adidas tracksuit bottom and a dark cap covering his face. There is no description of the escape vehicle. Nobody was harmed during the raid but staff and the customer held-up by the raiders were all said to be 'shaken' by the incident. It is the second armed robbery in Rush in six weeks and adds to a growing local feeling that crime has increased in the town since the closure of its Garda station earlier this year. Mairead Sweetman, chairperson of Rush Chamber of Commerce, shares that feeling with a lot of locals. 'It takes the guards 25 minutes to get here now and the criminals know that. Apart from the robberies there has been a lot of vandalism on the Main Street and a lot of cars broken into and stuff getting stolen from shops,' Mairead told the Fingal Independent. She said that anecdotal evidence from locals suggest that crime has increased in the town since the station closed.

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