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Aggravated Burglaries South Dublin in May 2017

Gardaí at Donnybrook and Dundrum Garda Stations are investigating a number of aggravated burglaries that occurred between Wednesday 3rd May 2017 and Tuesday 16th May 2017 at three separate public houses in the area.

On Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at The 51 Bar on Haddington Road, Dublin 4, the bar manager and a customer were the only people left in the pub, it was approximately 1am. The manager was cleaning up and the customer preparing to leave. Two masked and armed men entered the pub, one of the men was armed with a firearm and the second man was armed with a kitchen knife. They threatened the bar manager demanding that he open the safe. They tied his hands behind his back and told him to get on the floor. The man with the knife tied the customer’s hands behind his back using cable ties. The men placed the money into a bag and fled the pub to a waiting dark coloured saloon car parked opposite the entrance to Bar 51.

Ten days later, shortly after 2am on Saturday 13th May at Ashton’s public house on Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 6, while two members of staff were locking up at the front door, two masked and armed men approached them and pushed them back into the main bar where they tied their hands with cable ties. They demanded access to the safe but could not gain access.

The men left on foot in the direction of Ranelagh.

On Tuesday, 16th May 2017, at around 12.24am at the Willows public house in Dundrum, a bar man had finished locking up and was walked across the car park at the front of the pub when he was grabbed by two men. One man was armed with a knife and the other with a handgun. They forced the barman to re-open the pub and searched the premises looking for cash. They searched the tills in the bar and lounge. They used an electrical cable to tie the barman’s hands behind his back. They fled from the scene in a dark coloured saloon car.


• Gardaí were focusing their appeal on the similarities between the descriptions and the clothing worn by the men involved in these incidents.

• As the men exited Bar51, they were seen getting into a dark coloured saloon car, Gardaí were appealing to anyone with information about this car to come forward.

• Gardaí were asking the public, to consider the descriptions / modus operandi, together with the CCTV footage and to provide any information that may progress these investigation

Gardaí at Donnybrook Garda Station are investigating    Phone 01 666 9200