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Would-be thieves foiled in two raids at shops

ATTEMPTS TO ROB MONEY IN LUSK AND BALROTHERY

JOHN MANNING

Published 22/01/2013 | 15:15

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TWO CONVENIENCE stores in north Fingal have been hit by robbers using firearms both imitation and real to terrorise staff and customers.

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Brave unarmed detectives tackled a gang of robbers they believed to be armed at an attempted robbery at The Village Store (Costcutter Express) in Lusk last Saturday night that saw customers and staff locked up while raiders emptied the tills. Meanwhile, a Winchester rifle was used in a botched attempted robbery of cash in transit to an ATM machine at a Gala Shop in Balrothery last Thursday morning, January 17. Two men, one armed with a Winchester rifle, attempted to hold up security guards and staff at the store as cash was being loaded into an ATM machine from a security van, but the thieves arrived too late and with the cash machine already loaded, they were forced to flee the scene empty-handed. A WINCHESTER rifle was used in a botched attempted robbery of cash in transit to an ATM machine at a Gala Shop in Balrothery last Thursday morning, January 17th. Two men, one armed with a Winchester rifle attempted to hold up security guards and staff at the store as cash was being loaded into an ATM machine from a security van. But the would-be thieves got their timing wrong and the loading of the ATM machine had already been completed by the time they burst into the store, threatening staff and the the security guards who had just loaded the cash machine. The two men fled the scene empty handed in the direction of Ardgillan, driving a 1994, Westmeath registered car which was later recovered in Ringfort Avenue along with the Winchester firearm. Nobody was harmed in the raid and gardaí have been able to lift fingerprints from the discarded firearm. One raider is described as being 5ft 9" wearing a blue boiler suit, white 'Air Max' runners, a black had and scarf and white and green gardening gloves. He was carrying a knife. The man with the Winchester rifle was wearing a blue Nike tracksuit.

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