GARDAI have launched a public appeal for information about armed robberies which happened at separate retail premises in the city at the weekend.
The first incident took place at around 8.20pm last Friday when two men entered a shop at Old Cratloe Road.
One of the men threatened a member of staff with a knife and took the contents of the till, while the other kept watch at the door.
“The first male was described as being approximately 5’ 8” in height and was wearing a white Adidas hoody with black stripes on the sleeves and a red trim on the sides, grey tracksuit bottoms and black runners. The second male was wearing a blue Diesel 78 zip hoody, a black Adidas tracksuit and white runners,” said a garda spokesman.
The second incident happened at an off-licence premises on Corbally Road at around 5.20pm on Saturday.
“In this case a lone raider entered the premises and threatened a member of staff with a knife,” said Sgt Brian Broderick who added that the culprit fled empty handed after he was disarmed by the member of staff.
However, despite, the braveness shown by the member of staff, Sgt Broderick says such action is not encouraged.
“I would advise that in this type of incident that personal safety should take priority over the protection of property,” he said.
A knife, which was recovered at the scene, has been sent for forensic analysis.
According to investigating gardai, the culprit was wearing a black padded jacket, a black scarf, a black Adidas tracksuit with a blue stripe, white socks and white runners with red soles.
Gardai from Mary Street garda station are investigating the incident and anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact them at 061 483870.