Friday 18 October 2019

Boys robbed by muggers who posed as drugs gardaí

Stock photo. Photo: PA
Stock photo. Photo: PA
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A group of teenage friends were mugged by two men in a south Dublin park who initially posed as gardai but then threatened to stab them through their necks with a screwdriver.

The incident happened at around 9.20pm on Wednesday in a wooded area between the Woodfield estate and the new Scholarstown Wood estates on the border of Rathfarnham and Knocklyon.

A post on a Facebook account for local residents reported how around six boys aged 16 and 17 from the Knocklyon area were hanging out near fencing for the building site for the newer estate.

“They were approached by two adult men in their early 20s with torches claiming initially to be gardai,” the report said.

“After asking the boys about their reason for being there, and questioning them looking for a supply of drugs, which the teens knew nothing about, one man produced a screwdriver and threatened the boys with stabbing through the neck if they didn’t comply with instructions to be searched and hand over their money, phones and bike.”

The boys’ terrifying ordeal lasted for 20 minutes, according to the Facebook post, as the two robbers made sure that each of the victims removed their passwords from their phones and unlinked them from cloud storage.

This would make their phones harder to trace once stolen.

The men then made off with the phones, money and one of the boy’s bikes.

“Luckily the lads were unharmed although a bit shaken. They found the stolen bike near the exit to Woodfield estate,” the Facebook post added.

The incident was reported to gardai.

A garda spokeswoman confirmed that Rathfarnham Garda Station was investigating an incident of theft which occurred in Woodfield Estate, Knocklyon, on Wednesday.

“A group of teenagers were approached by two males allegedly armed with a screwdriver,” she said.

“A number of items were taken from their person. No injuries were sustained. No arrests have been made, and investigations are ongoing.”

The Facebook post gave a description of the two men who were involved in the alleged incident.

It said the first man was approximately 6ft tall, overweight and wearing a dark top and grey shorts.

The second man was approximately 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and wore a grey top and tracksuit bottoms.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Deirdre O’Donovan said news of the mugging was shocking.

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