Gardai investigate armed robbery at Limerick fast food restaurant

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into an armed robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken on the Childers Road on Sunday night during which five members of staff were held up and threatened.

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into an armed robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken on the Childers Road on Sunday night during which five members of staff were held up and threatened.

It is believed that the raiders, one of whom was armed with a handgun and the other with a knife, gained access by climbing a wall to the rear of the fast food restaurant and entered through an unlocked back door.

After threatening the workers, they made off with what Sgt Brian Broderick, of the Crime Prevention Office at Henry Street, said was “a substantial sum of cash”.

Gardai have this week issued a description of two men being sought in connection with the terrifying crime, which occurred at around 11pm.

“One of the males was carrying what is believed to be a handgun. He was wearing a dark Adidas top which has two stripes on it, a baseball cap and a chequered scarf. He had a very distinctive mohawk-style haircut. The second raider was carrying a knife and he was wearing a dark green jacket and had a hood covering his face,” said Sgt Broderick.

“When the raiders had obtained the cash, they escaped through the back door and out over a wall at the back of the restaurant. There were a number of staff members on the premises at the time of the robbery and fortunately none of them were injured.”

Gardai are also trying to account for the movements of a dark-coloured saloon car in the vicinity at the time of the robbery.

Det Sgt Ronan McDonagh, Henry Street, said CCTV footage was being viewed as part of the investigation and house-to-house inquiries were also being conducted by members of An Garda Siochana. No arrests have been made to date.

Anybody who noticed anything suspicious or has information in relation to the crime is asked to contact Henry Street on 061 212400 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.