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Burglary at a service station in Ballivor, Co. Meath on the 16/7/12

The Gardaí at Trim Garda Station are investigating a burglary at a service station that occurred in the early hours of the morning of Monday, the 16th July 2012.

At approximately 4.30am four armed men arrived at the service station in a silver Audi A6 Saloon Car.  This car was fitted with a false registration number - OV08 WKF.

One of the raiders took up position as lookout on the main road, while the remainder forced their way into the shop and stole cigarettes, alcohol and cash.  A young woman on her way home from a party, was driving passed the garage and saw the raiders in the forecourt of the garage.  As she slowed down to take a look, the lookout raider threw a brick at her window smashing it.

The owner of the service station, responding to the alarm activation, arrived at the garage and was confronted by the lookout raider who threatened him.  The owner then left and immediately contacted the Gardaí.

Gardaí arrived at the service station and the gang made their getaway with the patrol car in pursuit.  The raiders pulled in at the side of the road and pointed, what appeared to be a firearm, out the car window at the Gardaí.  The Gardaí continued in their pursuit of the car, as it travelled at high speed with the lights out, weaving through narrow country roads, the last sighting of this vehicle was in the village of Killyon.

Gardaí are also investigating two other similar incidents that occurred earlier in the night both in Kingscourt and Castlepollard.

The Gardaí at Kingscourt are investigating a burglary that occurred at local shop in the town shortly after 2am.  During the burglary the front door of the shop was prised open and entry was gained to the store.  The front window was broken and a quantity of cigarettes taken.

Later that morning at 3.30am at least four men driving a dark coloured Audi A6/A8 arrived at a supermarket in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath.  On this occasion a quantity of cigarettes were stolen.  All the men wore dark clothing with their heads and faces covered.  One man wore an old Liverpool type adidas jacket with the word ‘Carlsberg’ written under the collar.

Gardaí at Trim Garda Station are investigating                     Telephone 046 9481540