Monday 18 December 2017

Unarmed community gardai arrest raiders who threatened supermarket staff with gun and knife

Dunnes, Ongar village (Photo: Google Maps)
Dunnes, Ongar village (Photo: Google Maps)
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardai have arrested two men and seized a firearm after a supermarket robbery Sunday evening.

Up to three raiders burst into Dunnes Stores in Ongar Village, West Dublin at around 8.30pm and threatened staff with a gun and knife.

But as they left the scene on Main Street the pair were intercepted by an unarmed community policing unit who were in the area at the time.

Two men, one aged in his 30s and the second in his 40s, were arrested by gardai and brought to Blanchardstown station where they are currently held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

It is unclear if any cash was taken in the aggravated robbery.

A garda spokesman confirmed that the alarm was raised shortly after 8.30pm by staff at the supermarket.

"Two raiders were intercepted as they left the scene in a car by a community policing unit.

"A handgun and a knife were recovered by officers."

The weapon will be analysed by ballistics experts but sources say that it appears to be a pellet gun.

A senior source added: "Even if it was a pellet gun, staff at the store were not to know this. And the unarmed gardai who made this arrest were not to know it either.

"This incident shows the importance of community policing across the country."

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