Monday 24 October 2016

Masked thugs point gun at terrified shop staff in armed raid

Terrified staff were held at gunpoint and threatened by two armed raiders in the country’s latest aggravated robbery.

The assailants entered the Village Store in Kildalkey, Co Meath yesterday evening at approximately 5:45pm.

The two thugs wore hoods and were armed with a handgun and an iron bar.

Two staff members were threatened with the gun-wielding thug pointing his firearm at them.

The raiders fled the scene in a car driven by another man.

None of the employees were physically injured during the incident, but have been described as being “deeply upset”.

A manhunt was launched involving officers from Trim Garda station, the Regional Response Unit and the Garda air support unit. Investigating gardai stopped a car in Navan shortly after midnight and arrested a 24-year-old man.

He is currently detained under section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Trim Garda Station.

A search is still under way for the other two men believed to be involved in the robbery.


In a separate aggravated burglary this week, a gang of up to four armed men entered a premises in Co Dublin and threatened staff.

It is believe one raider entered the unit in the Bluebell business park at approximately 6.20pm on Tuesday evening, but was disturbed by employees.

As the workers attempted to prevent the man from escaping, three more men entered the unit and a handgun and a knife were produced.

The staff were threatened but no one was injured during the incident. The raiders eventually fled the scene and it is not

believed that anything was taken.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident.

Meanwhile, Gardai are looking to speak with a taxi driver following reports of gunshots in Dublin’s south city centre earlier this week.

The incident occurred on Monday at approximately 1pm at Boyne Street.

Gardai were called to a disturbance involving a number of youths and gunshots were fired. However, those involved had left by the time officers arrived.

There were no reported injuries during the incident and no arrests made at the scene.

Gardai are now making an appeal to a taxi driver who took a female passenger to St Vincent’s Hospital in a silver coloured Kia car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 6669000.

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