Saturday 22 October 2016

Robbers caught on CCTV fleeing store after using chainsaw in terrifying raid

Two thieves armed with a running chainsaw were caught on CCTV fleeing a late-night takeaway after robbing and threatening terrified shop staff.

The two men entered the Apache Pizza store at the Old Bawn shopping centre, Tallaght, Dublin shortly after 12.30am on Sunday.

One of the men was armed with a weapon, which he attempted to hide in a blue sports bag.

The man also had a hood pulled over his head and a scarf over his face in an attempt to conceal his identity.

Footage shows the man dressed in a grey and navy tracksuit top.

A second man can be seen attempting to cover his face with a scarf and wearing a black tracksuit.

CCTV footage shows the two men enter the premises at 12.31am, calmly walking into the store.

Terrified staff then witnessed one of the men produce a chainsaw, which had been turned on prior to entering the takeaway.


The thugs then threatened staff with the saw.

A worktop in the store was struck with the chainsaw, causing damage to its surface while the till was ripped from the counter.

The two men then fled from the store, with one raider carrying the chainsaw in his left hand.

The second raider struggled to run while carrying the large till with a large quantity of cash in his arms.

Gardai were alerted and officers from Rathfarnham and Tallaght garda stations rushed to the scene.

Eye witnesses described seeing a large garda presence in the area. The garda dog support unit was also called in to aid in the search for the two raiders.

Two men, aged 23 and 40, were apprehended a sort time later on the Bohernabreena Road, near the St Anne's GAA club.

The men were arrested and weret aken to Tallaght Garda Station where they are being detained under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The cash register and a sum of cash were recovered.

Detectives were yesterday canvassing the area to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the terrifying robbery.

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