Wednesday 22 November 2017

Robber with blood-filled syringe in 'virus' threat to shop staff

The Centra shop in Cabra that was targeted in the raid. Photo: Caroline Quinn
The Centra shop in Cabra that was targeted in the raid. Photo: Caroline Quinn

A man threatened two young shop staff with a blood-filled syringe during a terrifying armed robbery on the capital's northside.

The incident took place at the Centra store on the New Cabra Road, Cabra, at around 9.40pm on Sunday, when the suspect entered the shop and demanded money.

He walked behind the counter and is understood to have told staff members that he had "the virus", before threatening to stab them with the syringe and demanding that they open the tills.

The suspect fled with around €600 in cash. Thankfully, the two staff members were not injured.


They were a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, both of whom have been left shaken by their ordeal.

The case is being investigated by Mountjoy gardai, but there have been no arrests so far.

Gardai yesterday said the suspect wore a black jacket, a grey tracksuit and blue runners.

"This was a particularly frightening robbery and gardai are anxious to catch the culprit," a source said.

Staff at the supermarket did not wish to comment yesterday when approached by the Herald.

Syringe robberies have been relatively rare in Ireland in recent years.

However, in a separate incident, a mother-of-five was sentenced to three years in jail in February, with the final six months suspended, following a €700 robbery in which her accomplice pierced the skin of a taxi driver with a syringe.


Amanda Daly (36) was caught after she dropped her purse, containing a social welfare receipt, near the scene.

Daly, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery at Summer Street South on April 15, 2015.

Her co-accused, Jason Hynes (43), of Neilstown Park, Clondalkin, received a four-and-a-half-year sentence earlier this year for his role in the incident.

Last December, Finglas drug addict Carl McGuinness (21) was jailed for four years after he admitted robbing a taxi driver of his car in August 2015 to get money for drugs.

McGuinness got out of the taxi in Glasnevin Avenue and went round to the driver's door, where he threatened the victim with a syringe and asked him if he wanted HIV.

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