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Aggravated Burglary at Inverin, Spiddal, Co. Galway on the 30/7/12

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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