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Bungling thieves set takeaway on fire - one suffers severe burns

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Gardai attended the scene

Gardai attended the scene

Gardai attended the scene

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.

Burgers

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.

hnews@herald.ie


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