Five arrested in relation to armed robbery
A NUMBER of teenagers are among a group of five in garda custody following an armed robbery at a post office in Kerry.
The five, who are all aged in their late teens and early 20s, were arrested yesterday during a search and arrest operation.
They are being detained at garda stations in Listowel, Tralee an Ballybunion under Section 30 of the offences against the State Act.
The arrests follow an armed raid on Tarbert Post Office on Monday, where two members of staff were subjected to a terrifying ordeal when two masked men armed with a pistol and a baseball bat entered the premises.
They threatened staff before making off with a small amount of cash.
A third masked man stood guard at the door during the raid and all three made their escape in a black Mitsubishi Colt car, which was driven by a fourth.
Staff managed to activate the alarm and gardai from Listowel attended the scene.
There were no customers on the premises at the time.
No shots were fired and no one was physically injured during the incident.
The car took off in the direction of Glin but was found about 15 minutes later, a short distance away, burnt out.
Gardai believed at the time the gang were still in the area.
The burnt out Mitsubishi Colt was towed to Listowel Garda Station for a technical examination.
The scene of the armed robbery was also preserved and an examination carried out by the Garda Divisional Crime Unit in Tralee.
An investigation team has been set up and house-to-house inquiries were carried out in the area.
The investigation is ongoing.