Armed rob ber foiled by video footage
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.