Pair caught on CCTV fleeing pizzeria after bizarre chainsaw raid
Two raiders were caught on CCTV fleeing from a late-night takeaway after robbing the store's till and threatening staff with a running chainsaw.
The bizarre incident happened in the Apache Pizza premises in the Old Bawn shopping centre in Tallaght, Dublin, yesterday morning.
Camera footage shows two men entering the complex shortly after 12.30am, one of them armed with a chainsaw concealed in a blue sports bag.
One of the raiders had his face disguised with a scarf and a hood and was dressed in a grey and navy tracksuit top.
The other robber was wearing a black tracksuit and both men were wearing gloves.
At 12.31am, the thugs calmly walked into the takeaway, with one man producing the chainsaw from the sports bag as they entered the front door.
Terrified staff were then subjected to a robbery as the raiders began to threaten them with the running chainsaw.
During the shocking ordeal, the weapon was used to cut into the shop's counter, as staff retreated from the chainsaw-wielding thug. The damage done to the worktop was still visible at the premises last night.
The man's accomplice then proceeded to rip the cash till from the counter in a robbery that lasted around 30 seconds.
CCTV footage shows the two men exiting the takeaway, with the first raider running away while carrying the running chainsaw in his left hand.
The other robber can be seen running behind, seemingly struggling to carry the till with the night's takings.
Gardaí were alerted and officers from Rathfarnham and Tallaght Garda Stations rushed to the scene. Witnesses described seeing a large garda presence in the area and the garda dog support unit was also called in to help with the search for the robbers.
Two men were apprehended a short time later on the Bohernabreena Road, near St Anne's GAA club.
The men were arrested and brought to Tallaght Garda Station, where they were last night being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. The cash register and a sum of cash were also recovered.
A 40-year-old man is due to appear before Tallaght District Court this morning in connection with the robbery.
Detectives were yesterday canvassing stores in the shopping centre and surrounding area to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the terrifying robbery.
Many shops in the complex were closed at the time of the incident. However, the nearby Old Mill pub would have been busy, with revellers enjoying their Saturday night.
Staff at the business premises did not wish to comment when approached by the Irish Independent last night.
Although a rarity, the bizarre choice of weapon was used by a gang earlier this year in another aggravated burglary.
A north Dublin family were subjected to the horrifying ordeal when a group of men smashed their way into their home with a chainsaw.
The incident happened in January, with the thugs entering the Swords home as the family were putting their young children to bed.
The raiders realised they were at the wrong address and proceeded to steal a number of items from the home, including the homeowners' car.