Suspicious activity by masked man in County Limerick town revealed as 'playacting'

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Gardai in Bruff were alerted to the behaviour of three young men in the vicinity of two business premises on the Charleville Road on Tuesday evening

Gardai in Bruff were alerted to the behaviour of three young men in the vicinity of two business premises on the Charleville Road on Tuesday evening

GARDAI are investigating an incident in Kilmallock in which three teenagers were observed by locals acting suspiciously - one of whom was wearing an Incredible Hulk mask.

Gardai in Bruff were alerted to the behaviour of three young men in the vicinity of two business premises on the Charleville Road on Tuesday evening.

While it was initially thought that the young men - two 17 year-olds and one 15-year-old - were focused on carrying out a robbery, it is now understood that their intentions were not malicious.

“Their behaviour gave rise to suspicion. It’s not thought they had intended to do something malicious. One of the individuals was wearing a mask. They were play-acting more than anything. They were brought to Bruff garda station for questioning. Parents were called in. 

“They were acting strangely rather than maliciously. One of them appears to have been wearing a mask - an Incredible Hulk mask or something like that. They were a bit old for what they were doing,” a source told the Leader.

The sight of the young men acting suspiciously close to a service station initially gave rise to concern and prompted locals to call the gardai. The three men were later seen close to the rear of a local supermarket where they were apprehended by gardai.

It understood that several people who have visited the service station have been asking those in the shop how they are after “the robbery”. “The rumour mill swung into action and has been swirling since. “It turns out it was not as it first appeared. Understandably, their behaviour did look very suspicious,” the source added.