Health Minister caught up in armed robbery

by Ian Begley

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Carpenterstown on Tuesday, February 16.
A number of election candidates were caught up in the raid at the Spar shop, including local Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who witnessed one of the thieves flee the scene.
Staff and customers in the shop were threatened by two men armed with what has been described as a gun and machete at around 7pm that evening.
The men removed cash from the tills, as well as personal property from customers during the raid. They then fled the scene on foot.
During a search and arrest operation in Dublin on the morning of Friday, February 19, gardai arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the robbery.
He was taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station where he remains under the Criminal Justice Act. The investigation is ongoing.

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