Shop as­sis­tant threat­ened with gun

Novem­ber 2008

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A fe­male shop as­sis­tant had a gun pushed into her ribs as two men wear­ing full mo­tor­cy­cle leathers and hel­mets robbed the Rath­new Ser­vice Sta­tion of a sub­stan­tial amount of cash.

Now in­ves­ti­gat­ing gar­daí are try­ing to see if the rob­bery was linked to two sim­i­lar armed raids that took place re­cently in Wick­low town and Kil­macanogue.

The two men pulled up at Rath­new Ser­vice Sta­tion at 6.30 p.m. on Satur­day on the one mo­tor­cy­cle and filled it up with petrol be­fore both en­ter­ing the store. A young fe­male shop as­sis­tant had a gun shoved into her ribs as the two raiders de­manded cash.

A garda spokesper­son said the shop as­sis­tant was ex­tremely shaken up by the in­ci­dent.

‘She was ter­ri­fied. The two cul­prits were very cool but also very force­ful. They left her in lit­tle doubt that she had bet­ter hand over the money, which was a sub­stan­tial amount.’

Both men were wear­ing mo­tor­cy­cle leathers. They are both de­scribed as be­ing be­tween 5’8 and 5’11 tall. One was wear­ing a black combo, while the other raider was wear­ing a black leather out­fit fea­tur­ing a pat­terned de­sign. They both wore mo­tor­cy­cle hel­mets with the vi­sors fully drawn.

When they en­tered, the premises was com­pletely empty apart from staff and gar­daí be­lieve they may have been cas­ing the ser­vice sta­tion for the most op­por­tune mo­ment to strike.

‘It’s a very busy ser­vice sta­tion and was busy right be­fore the rob­bery and right after,’ added the garda spokesper­son.

‘It’s pos­si­ble they may have been sit­ting and wait­ing for a quiet mo­ment. If any­one no­ticed two men on a sporty look­ing mo­tor­cy­cle in and around the Ash­ford and Rath­new area from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Satur­day then they should con­tact us.’

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