Tuesday 20 March 2018

Bungling robbers caught after failed post office raid near Dublin's city centre

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Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Three bungling armed robbers attempted to raid a city centre post office just before the lunchtime rush yesterday.

The men, who were armed with knives and a crowbar, threatened staff working in a post office at Leonard’s Corner in Dublin 8 at around 12.30pm.

Customers were also threatened during the failed robbery attempt.

However, the trio of would-be thieves failed to open the safe on the premises and were then forced to flee the scene empty handed.

They left the post office on foot and were later found in a flat near the post office by gardai.

The men, aged in their 20s, were arrested under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.

Members of the Divisional Crime Task Force and Detective Units worked with gardai from Kevin Street to track down the criminals.

They were being detained at Kevin Street and Pearse Street garda stations.

Gardai said this morning that the three men were released without charge late last night and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A garda spokesman said investigations were continuing into the incident.

The men were arrested under Operation Thor, the gardai’s current crackdown on burglaries and theft.

The operation has been well-publicised since it began on November 2.

A number of arrests have been made as a result of the initiative.

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