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Thursday 8 December 2016

Gardai use infrared equipment to nab armed raiders

Gardai at the scene of the raid in Athboy, Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai at the scene of the raid in Athboy, Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron

A group of men were captured with the help of a garda helicopter’s infrared equipment following an armed robbery in Co Meath.

Two masked men entered a post office in Athboy shortly after 2.30pm yesterday afternoon armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

The men threatened a female shop-worker before demanding money to be handed over from the store’s till.

Both raiders then jumped into a waiting silver vehicle before speeding off.

No one was injured during the incident but staff were described as being “extremely shaken” last night after the horror ordeal.

One employee called the emergency services on her mobile phone – while the postmaster also pressed the panic button.

Deployed

The armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) was immediately deployed to the scene.

The gang fled in the direction of Kildalkey but a source said that they got caught in the middle of traffic on the Main Street of Athboy.

The raiders later crashed their getaway car at the Frayne Bog around 2km away from the scene and one man was subsequently arrested near the vehicle.

A sum of cash and a weapon were recovered.

Meanwhile, local gardai and members of the RSU searched for the other two assailants, with the assistance of the garda Air Support Unit.

A source explained how infrared equipment on-board the helicopter was successful in locating two people attempting to hide in the bog.

Three males, who are all aged in their 20s, are currently being held at garda stations in Kells and Trim under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

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