Sec­ond petrol sta­tion ram raid at­tack in a month

Novem­ber 2008

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

RAM-RAID at­tacks are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity with Wick­low’s crim­i­nal fra­ter­nity with a sec­ond such at­tack on a petrol sta­tion in less than four weeks.

Parts of New­cas­tle Petrol Sta­tion were left in tat­ters af­ter five thieves smashed through the front of the Stop and Shop at the garage in a Land Rover which had been stolen in the Rath­new area a few hours be­fore hand.

Gar­daí at Grey­stones and New­town­moun­tkennedy were called to the scene in the af­ter­math of the raid and they are cur­rently re­view­ing CCTV footage from the store.

The hood­lums rammed the jeep at full speed into the front of the shop.

Footage from CCTV cam­eras show the raiders dressed in track­suits, hood­ies and bal­a­clavas at­tempt­ing to gain ac­cess to the cig­a­rette ma­chine and the till be­fore flee­ing empty handed.

The thugs had dam­aged the Land Rover they used in the ram raid so badly that they aban­doned it close to the scene and gar­daí be­lieve they es­caped in a sec­ond car.

This was the sec­ond ram raid to oc­cur in the area with raiders again flee­ing empty handed from a petrol sta­tion in near by Kil­coole last month.

It also fol­lows a spate of armed rob­beries in petrol sta­tions through­out the county in Ark­low, Wick­low and Grey­stones.

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