The Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary at a supermarket at Inverin, Co. Galway on Monday, the 30th July 2012.
At approximately 8.20pm, staff at the Síopa An Phobail supermarket closed up for the evening. One of the shop assistants secured the premises and set the alarm. He left the forecourt of the supermarket and went to visit a friend nearby, he left his friend’s house and went to a local garage to buy phone credit. He then travelled to the Poitin Still Public house in Lochanbeg where he socialised with some friends.
At 11.45pm the shop assistant said goodnight to his friends and got into his car which was parked in the car park of the pub. As he was about to start the engine, the front passenger door opened, a masked and armed man got into the car and threatened the shop assistant. The raider was armed with a gun and pointed it at the shop assistant. He told him to drive out of the car park and told him to turn right. He directed him to drive along the Carraroe Road towards the Galway Road, where the raider told the shop assistant to stop the car outside his house. The raider threatened the shop assistant again, informing him that he knew where he lived and to take him to the shop. The raider ordered the shop assistant to pull into the car park of Colaiste Lurgan School, where he quickly spoke on his mobile phone. The raider demanded the shop assistant hand over his mobile phone before ordering him to drive over to the supermarket and open up.
Once inside the shop the raiders told the shop assistant to take him to the safe and ordered him to fill his bag with money. The raider brought the shop assistant to a toilet where he placed him on a chair and tied his arms and legs to it.
The raider fled in the shop assistant’s car, which was later found abandoned at Bohoona, Spiddal.
Description of Raider:
Raider: Six foot in height of medium to heavy build, wearing a balaclava, dark jacket and trousers with white/cream latex gloves.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the Spiddal area on Monday night the 30th of July into the early hours of Tuesday the 31st July 2012 who may have information in relation to this incident to come forward.
Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are investigating Telephone 091 514720
The Gardaí at Bray Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a private residence just off the N11, near Kilmancanogue, Co.Wicklow on Friday the 13th of July 2012.
At 2.30am three masked men approached the back of the house. They were armed with two crowbars and an axe.
They forced their way in through the back door and approached the bedroom, where the couple of the house were asleep in bed. The raiders stood over the couple and woke them up, they forced them onto the floor and tied their hands. Two of the raiders took the man downstairs, leaving the third raider guarding the woman.
A short time later one of the raiders brought the woman downstairs to an office where her husband was being held.
During the one hour ordeal the men took a gold coloured “Senator” safe, several paintings, and a picture frame containing fifty to sixty butterflies. They also stole several items of jewellery including two men’s watches a “Raymondville” watch and a “Milius” watch. The raiders also stole a Samsung galaxy mobile phone.
The raiders locked the couple into the office and made their getaway in a vehicle.The woman then managed to climb out the office window and contact the Gardaí.
Description of Raiders:
Raider 1: Over six foot tall,dublin accent, dark clothing and balaclava.
Raider 2: Five foot ten inches in height, dublin accent, dark clothing and balaclava.
Raider 3: Five foot eight inches in height,dublin accent, dark clothing and balaclava
• Gardaí believe there may have been a fourth person waiting in a car nearby. Did you see a car parked in Kilmacanogue between 2am and 3am.
• Some of the property stolen is very distinctive. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have come across any of the property to contact them.
• The safe is described as a “Senator” make, gold in colour, approx 2 foot square.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this crime to come forward.
The Gardaí at Kilrush Garda Station are investigating an armed robbery at a bank in Kilkee, Co. Clare that occurred on Friday the 29th June 2012 at approximately 10.55am.
A lone male approached the bank armed with a handgun. He entered the bank and went behind the front counter. He pointed the gun at staff and threatened them. He demanded money from the tills and the safe. He placed the money into an Addidas bag and fled on foot from the bank. He was seen nearby getting into a silver van.
• The raider was captured on CCTV in the bank, with his face uncovered wearing a black and white scarf around his neck.
• Gardaí are appealing for information on the movements of the raider before and after the robbery. The raider was seen on Railway Road at 10.15am before the robbery and heading towards the beach after the robbery.
• Anyone with information in relation to the raider and his vehicle, which is described at a silver van.
Gardaí at Kilrush Garda Station are investigating Telephone 065 9080550
This months safety call presented by Sgt Kelvin Courtney included information on the 10th Garda ‘Supporting Safer Communities’ Campaign that will take place from Tuesday 25th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2012.
This ‘Supporting Safer Communities’ campaign will primarily focus on:
* Crime Prevention/Reduction of Burglary
* Road Safety
* Supporting Victims of Crime
* Age Card Awareness
The campaign will see many local initiatives such as Garda station open days or Garda information clinics, as well as larger national events all aimed at improving community safety. Sergeant Courtney offered some simple crime prevention advice that can help reduce the number of burglaries.
Sgt Courtney and a representative from Saorview also offered advice on a recent scam involving bogus callers.
The Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to the Murder of ninety two year old Jim Mulqueen in October 2009.
Jim’s body was found in his home at Kilcoman, Ardagh, by a neighbour on the morning of Friday the 23rd of October 2009. There was no sign of forced entry at Jim’s home, however the front door was open and a sum of money was missing from the house.
Jim was a defenceless man who lived a simple life, he occasionally socialised at a local public house in Newcastle West, and placed the odd bet in a local bookies. Jim was recorded on CCTV in Ladbrooks just a week before his death. While in Newcastle West Jim would visit a bank to lodge his pension into his account.
The last sighting of Jim was on Thursday the 22nd of October 2012 around midday filling the kettle from a barrel of water outside his house.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone within the community that may have information that may assist with this investigation to come forward.
Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating Telephone 061 212400
The Gardaí at Bray Garda Station are investigating a pipe bomb incident that occurred on the morning of Wednesday the 20th June 2012 at 8am.
A five year old boy was at home on Sycamore Drive getting ready for school, he was preparing to cycle as part of a local cycle to school initiative in the community. He was in the front garden putting on his helmet when he saw an unusual item in the garden. The young boy picked up the item and it exploded in his hand causing extensive injuries to him. The boy was rushed to the doctors where he was transferred by ambulance to Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital where he received medical attention.
The viable device was callously left in the front garden of a family home. The young school boy received horrific injuries, his mother Kelly Anne will be in studio to discuss the effect of this incident on her son and her family.
Gardaí at Bray Garda Station are investigating Telephone 01 6665300