Thursday 13 December 2018

Gardaí seize phones and car in probe into raid foiled by hero great-grandfather

Denis reacted to being threatened by one of the raiders and his action in shoving the man triggered panic which resulted in all three robbers fleeing empty-handed.
Denis reacted to being threatened by one of the raiders and his action in shoving the man triggered panic which resulted in all three robbers fleeing empty-handed.

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí believe three young men whose armed raid on a Co Cork bookmaker's shop was foiled by a hero great-grandfather were acting to clear a drug debt to a local criminal.

The revelation came as detectives investigating the armed robbery in Glanmire last Saturday made "very significant" progress in their probe with the seizure of mobile phones and a car during a series of raids.

The items - seized during planned operations in Cork yesterday morning - will now be forensically examined as detectives expressed confidence about successfully tracking down the three masked raiders.

The garda raids came as great-grandfather Denis O'Connor (84) admitted he could not understand all the tributes over his actions in the bookmaker's shop.

"I decided to stand up to these people. I didn't really think about it. I just went for it," he said.

Denis, who turns 85 in November, was instrumental in helping foil the armed raid by three masked robbers, two armed with hammers and one armed with a suspected imitation shotgun, on the Bar One bookmaker's branch.

Denis reacted to being threatened by one of the raiders and his action in shoving the man triggered panic which resulted in all three robbers fleeing empty-handed.

Irish Independent

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