Wexford People - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID TUCKER

A KIL­MORE QUAY busi­ness owner chased a masked thief armed with a kitchen knife from his shop on Fri­day night.

It was the sec­ond in­ci­dent of its kind in South Wex­ford in the space of a few days and Gardai be­lieve the two in­ci­dents are con­nected.

They said a masked man en­tered Brady’s Mace food­store (pic­tured) in the vil­lage at around 9 p.m. on Fri­day, de­mand­ing money.

Owner John Brady and his wife were present.

Gardai said that Mr Brady refused to hand over the cash and armed with ‘a bottle of spir­its’ chased the would-be thief from the shop.

The masked man jumped into a get­away car and fled in the di­rec­tion of Bald­win­stown.

The car was re­cov­ered in Wex­ford town on Satur­day and is be­ing ex­am­ined by the garda techi­cal bureau.

Ealier in the week, gardai said two raiders wear­ing scarves and hoods, one armed with a knife, con­fronted staff and cus­tomers at Cost­cut­ters in Bal­win­stown. The pair es­caped in a Wex­ford-reg­is­tered car with a haul of about €600.

‘We are sat­is­fied there is a con­nec­tion be­tween the two in­ci­dents,’ said Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Roche.

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