Thursday 27 June 2019

Armed raids investigated

Hubert Murphy

Gardai are appealing for information into a series of robberies in the Drogheda area over the past three weeks.

Up to five similiar incidents have taken place, with gardai keen to bring a stop to the attacks.

As well as garages and a pharmacy, shops have been targeted, the majority on the northside of the town.

Last Wednesday night, at approx 8.35pm, two males entered a shop on the Windmill Road, brandishing what appeared to be a handgun.

One of the individuals jumped the counter and demanded cash from the till.

They then ran from the scene. There were two staff members in the shop and two customers and they were left shaken by the experience.

The pharmacy at Crosslanes in Drogheda was the target of a robbery on Wednesday, May 1st at around 5.30pm.

The culprit entered the store, produced a knife and demanded money from the counter.

The man, who had is hood up and was covering his face, fled on foot with an amount of cash and is believed to have made off on a bike.

On Friday, May 3rd a petrol station on the Ballymakenny road was targeted in a robbery.

A man entered the store and threatened a member of staff with a knife, forcing him to hand over money.

The incident happened at around 10.30pm.

Gardai say that patrols in the area have been ramped up and will increase with the provision of more gardai in the town in the coming weeks.

'We would appeal for people to get in touch with us in relation to these incidents,' Supt Andrew Watters stated.

He says the extra garda numbers will lead to many more gardai on the beat and now they have the armed support unit in operation 24 hours a day.

Drogheda Independent