Sunday 25 February 2018

Robber calmly queues in shop before putting loaded gun in worker's face

A cashier is threatened with a gun in an armed raid on the Spar shop in Ringsend.
A cashier is threatened with a gun in an armed raid on the Spar shop in Ringsend.

Chai Brady and Cathal McMahon

An armed robber patiently waited in line before pulling out a loaded handgun and making off with hundreds of euro from a Dublin shop.

CCTV footage given to the Irish Independent shows the criminal waiting for a customer to be served ahead of him in a Spar store.

When the cashier beckons the robber to the till, he points a small loaded handgun at the staff member.

The previous customer watches for several seconds before quickly exiting the shop.

Several people are seen watching the serious crime from outside the Spar in Dublin.

The employee of the shop on Thorncastle Street in Ringsend is seen opening and closing the till in a bid to discourage the thief from raiding it.

After a few seconds the thief aggressively points the gun into the worker's face - making him stop.

Once he has taken money from the till, the robber dashes out of the store.

Regular

The employee then alerted gardaí to the incident.

CCTV footage of the thief grabbing cash from the till.
CCTV footage of the thief grabbing cash from the till.

Workers from Spar in Dublin say they know the man and claim he is "a regular".

Umair Waris (24) lives in Dublin 8 and is an employee at the store.

He said fortunately he was not working at the time of the robbery.

"It's not good, it's not nice," he said.

Umair Waris, who works at the shop. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Umair Waris, who works at the shop. Photo: Gerry Mooney

"It's very hard for staff to work. If staff don't feel safe in a shop it's very sad."

The bumbling criminal may have already been caught by gardaí.

A man aged in his 50s was arrested close to the scene shortly after the incident by two gardaí on patrol.

He has been charged and is expected to appear in court this morning.

There were a number of bullets found in the suspect's pocket, and gardaí saw him drop his weapon and run into nearby flats.

The loaded handgun was recovered and was given to the Forensic Laboratory for ballistic examination.

Cash was also found.

No injuries were reported.

Irish Independent

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