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Career armed robber held in pharmacy raid

ONE of the capital's most prolific armed robbers has been arrested after he targeted a pharmacy in the south of the city at the weekend.

The 47-year-old Cabra career criminal is expected to be charged in relation to the attempted robbery at a pharmacy in Baggot Street Lower after he was caught by gardai from Pearse Street Garda Station fleeing the scene in a taxi on Friday evening.

No money was taken in the incident and no one was injured.

The Herald has learned that the criminal is suspected of a spate of similar crimes and is on bail in relation to a bank robbery on the capital's northside in November.

The suspect has numerous previous convictions and was jailed for four years in 2007 for stealing less than €500 from a Spar shop in Temple Bar in 2005.

The suspect, who has spent his life battling a severe heroin addiction, is expected to appear in court later.

A senior source: "This individual should not have been let out on bail – he has done a number of shops since he was let out of custody."

His first major sentence was in 1995 when he was jailed for five years.