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Sunday 20 August 2017

Teenage girl held at gunpoint in shop robbery

AN armed robber put a gun to a young woman's head in a raid at a convenience store last night.
AN armed robber put a gun to a young woman's head in a raid at a convenience store last night.

AN armed robber put a gun to a young woman's head in a raid at a convenience store last night.

The 19-year-old employee of the Daybreak shop in Dunboyne is understood to be severely shaken by the incident.

The gun-wielding thug pocketed just €140 before he was caught by gardai.

The incident - the second armed raid in the Co Meath town in 48 hours - occurred at about 6.20pm.

A man was seen outside the shop before walking inside and pushing the woman to the ground.

"There was a young girl on duty in the shop at the time. A guy was seen walking up and down outside the shop.

"He had parked his car in the adjacent car park. He went in, knocked the girl to the ground and put a gun to her head," a source revealed.

Despite fleeing the scene by car, the 32-year-old thief was stopped shortly afterwards by gardai from Ashbourne, where the firearm and cash were seized.

The man was arrested and detained at Ashbourne Garda Station and is due to appear before Navan District Court this morning.

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The firearm will be examined later by garda ballistics experts.

The woman, who had been on duty at the register at the time of the incident, was said to be "very upset" last night.

The terrifying ordeal is the second serious incident in the town in two days.

On Tuesday morning an armed gang attempted a brazen robbery of a local Bank of Ireland after entering the building through a skylight.

Two raiders, believed to be Eastern European, made several threats to staff during the incident but were forced to flee empty handed.

A silver Hyundai car used by the men to escape was later found 200 metres away on the Summerhill Road.

Investigations into the attempted bank robbery were ongoing last night and no arrests had yet been made.

It is not believed at this stage that the two incidents are connected.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to both incidents.

Anyone with information can contact Ashbourne Garda Station on 018010600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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