Swords Gardai in continued hunt for armed robbers

by Sylvia Pownall
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Gardai are continuing their hunt for two armed men who held up a bookies in Swords on Halloween.

Thieves brandishing knives and a hatchet threatened staff at the premises in Manor Mall before making off on foot with an undisclosed sum of cash.

Luckily nobody was hurt while the men escaped with a sum of cash in the direction of The Jacko area.

Gardai confirmed the incident which occurred on October 31 at 8.10pm and said the investigation into the robbery was ongoing.

A spokesperson said: “Two males armed with knives entered the premises, threatened staff and demanded cash. An undisclosed sum of cash was taken in this incident.

“No injuries were sustained. Investigations are ongoing.”

Gardai have also launched a probe into an attempted robbery on a cash in transit van i

Clongriffin after the vehicle was left “significantly damaged”.

The incident occurred in the Grange Lodge Avenue area at around 11.45am on Monday morning.

A number of men broke into the vehicle as it was parked, however no cash was taken and the men left in a white Volkswagen van which was later found burnt out.

Gardai in Coolock are appealing for anyone who may have dashcam footage or who witnessed the incident to contact them in confidence on 01 6664200.

In another terrifying raid, a young employee at Spar in Portmarnock had a gun pointed at his chest during an armed raid at the shop on Strand Road last week.

Gardai are investigating after a “substantial” sum of cash was stolen from the busy store in a brazen broad daylight robbery on Wednesday October 30.

The thug barged his way behind the counter shortly after 9am and ordered the shocked staff member to open both tills before making off on foot with the loot.

Management at the store said the shaken staff member was recovering well, adding: “He was naturally very nervous but he’s doing well – he did brilliantly.

“I was out the back of the shop doing some paperwork at the time. There was nothing he could have done but comply with the robber’s demands.”

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