Sunday 21 July 2019

Gardaí arrest two men after high-speed chase and number of overnight burglaries

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Conor Feehan and Amy Molloy

Two men have been arrested this morning after a high-speed chase following a number of overnight burglaries at business premises in counties Wicklow and Wexford.

Shortly after 2am a gang of at least three men forced entry into a filling station in Gorey Town.

Cigarettes along with an undisclosed sum of cash were taken.

A short time later, convenience stores in the villages of Redcross and Rathnew were burgled along with a phone shop in Wicklow Town.

Sums of cash along with cigarettes and mobile phones were taken during the raids.

During a follow-up operation involving gardaí attached to Special Crime Operations, Dublin-based Garda Units and the Garda Air Support Unit, a car was intercepted in the Bawnogue area of west Dublin.

Two men aged in their 20s were arrested at the scene following a foot chase.

Both men are currently detained at Wicklow Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The car involved in the incident has been removed for forensic examination. A large quantity of cigarettes along with phones, sim cards and other property were recovered from the car by investigating Gardaí.

The investigation is ongoing.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Thor targeting nationwide burglaries by organised crime gangs.

Separately, gardaí have arrested two men in connection with a robbery at a post office in Co Wexford on Monday morning.

Two men - armed with a knife and an iron bar - entered the local post office in Bridgetown wearing high viz clothing and motorcycle helmets at around 10.30am yesterday.

They threatened staff and demanded them to hand over any cash on the premises.

It is understood they then fled the scene in a black Saab saloon.

Gardai have since arrested two men - both aged in their 20s. They are currently being detained at Wexford garda station.

"Bridgetown Post Office is closed until further notice due to a robbery there this morning. Thoughts are with the staff. Terrifying situation for them," a notice posted on Bridgetown Information Centre page said.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai on 053 9165200.

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