Gang hit shop in midnight raid

Gardaí appeal for witnesses

Cash and cigarettes were taken from a shop in the centre of Abbeydorney in a daring nighttime raid on Sunday night/Monday morning - that might be linked to similar crimes in the North Cork area on the same night.

Gardaí are now appealing for the public's help as they track down the four-man gang responsible for the raid - which happened at around 1am on Monday.

The raiders smashed the front window on Power's shop right on the cross in the village, gaining entry and ransacking the premises.

Gardaí from Listowel and Tralee rushed to the scene as the alarm was raised to find that a quantity of cash and cigarettes were taken by the crime gang.

Four males were seen exiting the premises and making their getaway in a dark-coloured car.

"We would appeal for information from anyone who might have witnessed the incident," a senior garda source said.

"We haven't ruled out the possibility the raid might be linked to a number of similar incidents in the North Cork area on the night, where a car of similar description was seen," they said.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Drugs Unit uncovered €3,500-worth of cannabis at a house in Tarbert in a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act this week; part of an operation in which three others houses - two in Moyvane and another in Tarbert - were searched. Small quantities of cannabis were uncovered in the other homes.