Gardai issue appeal over armed robbery in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

GARDAI have issued a public appeal for information about an armed robbery which took place at a petrol station in the city at the weekend.

GARDAI have issued a public appeal for information about an armed robbery which took place at a petrol station in the city at the weekend.

According to gardai, a lone raider, who was armed with a knife, entered the petrol station, which is located in the Dooradoyle area, at around 10.45pm last Saturday night.

The culprit - believed to be a man in his late teens or early 20’s- who wore a balaclava to disguise his face.

He was wearing a black Addidas tracksuit and white runners.

“He was also carrying a large black carrier bag. He threatened staff with a knife and got away with the contents of the till which were placed in the black bag,” said Sgt Brian Broderick of Henry Street garda station.

The exact amount of money taken by the man has not been disclosed.

According to investigating gardai, the culprit left the store on foot and was seen running into the nearby Gouldavoher housing estate.

Although the staff members who were threatened were traumatised, they were not physically injured by the culprit.

Detectives from Roxboro Road garda station are investigating the robbery and they are appealing to any members of the public who was in the area around the time to contact them.

“This location would be busy at this time of night and someone may have seen the raider either before he carried out the robbery of as he escaped through Gouldavoher Estate,” said Sgt Broderick.

It is understood that investigating gardai have spoken to the staff members about what happened.

They are also examining CCTV from both the petrol station and from other premises nearby as part of their inquiries.

“They would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the service station between 10.30pm and 11pm they can be contacted at 061 214340,” said a garda spokesman.

Information can also be passed on using the confidential garda line 1800 666 111.