Two bungling criminals are suspected to be behind a bizarre crime spree including setting fire to a takeaway restaurant.
It is understood one of the men suffered severe burns and self-inflicted knife injuries during the incident in Kebabish in Dungarvan, Co Waterford over the weekend.
The dramatic events unfolded around 2am on Sunday after staff at the restaurant reported finding a burning handbag in the toilets.
It is believed workers identified the two men and contacted the gardai after a brief altercation with them. The pair, who are in their late teens and early 20s, fled before gardai arrived.
However, they returned shortly after 7am in a bid to “take their revenge” following their previous row. A source has revealed that after breaking in, the pair turned on fryers and started cooking burgers.
While one of the men was cooking the other reportedly took a large knife to try and pry open a jukebox to rob cash, but he slipped and injured himself with the blade.
It’s thought that a fire then began from the unattended fryers leaving the injured man trapped inside.
A passerby called the emergency services after seeing smoke coming from the building. The man was rushed to Waterford University Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Gardai are hunting for the second suspect.