Bookmakers staff left traumatised by armed robbery
Staff at a Co Limerick bookmakers are recovering from a terrifying robbery in which they were threatened by a gang armed with two axes and a suspected firearm.
The dramatic raid happened near a closed Garda station at around 6.30pm on Sunday, inside BoyleSports on Main Street, Patrickswell, Co Limerick.
It is understood the gang targeted the bookies in the hope the premises had collected large takings following a busy weekend of sport, including the World Cup final and the quarter-final of the All Ireland Hurling Championship. Staff at the bookmakers were traumatised but not physically hurt.
"Three masked males entered the premises with a suspected firearm and two axes - they threatened staff and demanded money," a Garda spokesman said. Investigating officers believe a fourth raider waited outside the premises in a getaway vehicle. "They left with a sum of cash and were observed fleeing the scene in a dark blue car believed to be an Audi A3, with a partial registration 141 G," the garda added.
The daring daylight robbery occurred a short distance from the local Garda station, which was not open at the time. Two community gardaí have been recently appointed to the area to boost resources in the rural district, Garda sources confirmed.
Gardaí carried out house to house inquiries in the area and conducted a forensic examination of the bookmakers. A Garda spokesman said: "Anyone with information is asked to contact Roxboro Road garda station on 061-214340."