Armed rob ber foiled by video footage

June 2001

Bray People - - NEWS -

AN IN­NER city drug ad­dict was picked up by Wick­low gar­daí at the week­end af­ter video footage pin­pointed him as a sus­pect in the armed rob­bery of six ser­vice sta­tions and shops in the county last week.

The rob­ber struck at Hill’s Garage in Bray last Monday evening when he pro­duced a knife and forced young staff there to hand over £100 in cash.

On the fol­low­ing dya, Tues­day, a man made off with a quan­tity of cash from Sta­toil, Rath­new, af­ter pulling a sy­ringe on em­ploy­ees.

A fur­ther rob­bery took place at Sta­toil in Wick­low town last Wed­nes­day, when a man pro­duced a knife and took off with an amount of cash.

Ac­cord­ing to gar­daí, young fe­male em­ploy­ees in shops at En­niskerry and Grey­stones were ‘ trau­ma­tised’ when a solo armed rob­ber raided their premises in broad day­light later on Wed­nes­day and on Thurs­day.

His face con­cealed by a hood, a man seized £150 in cash from the till af­ter burst­ing into a newsagent’s out­let at Kil­gar­ron Park, En­niskerry, at around 4 p.m. on Wed­nes­day.

A knife-wield­ing crook wear­ing sun­glasses and a hood dur­ing a raid of Chart­busters, Grey­stones, at 3.40 p.m. on Thurs­day fled with £70 from the cash reg­is­ter.

The fi­nal rob­bery took place at Ash­frod Post Of­fice and ser­vice sta­tion last Fri­day at around 9.25 a.m., when a man wield­ing se­ca­teurs de­manded money from staff and made off with over £2,000.

A man was ar­rested in the small hours of Sun­day morn­ing in Dublin, af­ter he had been iden­ti­fied from se­cu­rity cam­era footage of the crimes.

Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­scribed the man ar­rested as 22 years of age and a drug ad­dict from in­ner city Dublin.

A garda spokesman said that the man, who has been charged with rob­bery, was ques­tioned in con­nec­tion with each of the six of­fences, and a file has been sent to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions.

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