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Saturday 16 December 2017

Shop worker is beaten unconscious in €25,000 armed raid

The Spar shop in Crumlin
The Spar shop in Crumlin

A Dublin shop worker was knocked unconscious and about €25,000 of merchandise stolen during a terrifying armed robbery in the capital.

The incident occurred at about 10.30pm on Thursday at the Spar shop on the Clogher Road in Crumlin, just 30 minutes after the store closed for business.

It is understood that the men punched the workers as they were locking up the store. They were armed with a suspected handgun and a knife.

Two workers in the premises were threatened at gunpoint before being physically assaulted by the two raiders.

During the assault, a member of staff was knocked unconscious after being struck on the head with a blunt instrument.

A source said last night that the victim suffered "considerable injuries" but it is expected to make a full recovery.

Pounced

"This member of staff got a particularly bad doing during the robbery," said the source.

"The two raiders pounced just as the workers were leaving the store after locking up."

The men eventually fled the store with approximately €25,000 of stock, which included large quantities of cigarettes and alcohol.

A garda spokesman confirmed that officers at Sundrive Road Garda Station are investigating the armed robbery.

"Both staff members received injuries and were taken to St James's Hospital," he said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident and a garda investigation is under way.

Gardai are examining CCTV footage captured during the incident and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The management of the store did not want to comment when approached by the Herald.

"As this matter is subject to a garda investigation, we are not in a position to comment," said a spokesperson on behalf of Spar.

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