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Attempted Robbery of Betting Shop, Dublin 8 on 3/11/21

Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred at a Betting Shop in Dublin 8 at 8:50pm on Wednesday 3 November 2021.  On the night in question, a male was seen exiting Engine alley on a bicycle onto Meath Street in the direction of Thomas Street. He was carrying a bottle filled with a clear flammable substance, which was resting on the handle bars of the bicycle. The man dismounted the bike, turned it around and parked it against the shop front, facing away from the Thomas Street direction. He then entered the Betting shop produced a knife and verbally threatened members of staff and sprayed the liquid at one of the staff members. He left without taking anything, heading from Meath Street towards Engine Alley, on foot, leaving the bicycle behind.  

Shortly after a male emerged from Engine Alley onto Meath Street and approached the betting shop. This male was wearing the same tracksuit bottoms but a different jacket.  The jacket is two toned red in colour and Northface brand.  He retrieved the bike and left, in the direction of Engine Alley. 

Suspect description: 

The male is described as 6 ft, in his twenties, medium/stocky build.  He was wearing a grey hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms with a distinctive reflective strip and black runners with white soles.  

The bike Is described as a dark, hybrid, straight but short handlebars, with the L-bar at each end, similar to a courier cycle 

Appeal Points 

  • Were you in the Meath Street and Thomas Street area between 8pm and 9.30pm on 3 November 2021? 
  • Did you see a man wearing a red North Face rain jacket and grey tracksuit bottoms?  These tracksuit bottoms have a very distinctive reflective strip. 
  • Did you see or do you know of anyone who may have obtained a small quantity of fuel around the time of this crime? In particular any filling station staff members that may remember a person matching this description that obtained a small quantity of fuel on that date? 
  • Were you in the area at the time of this attempted robbery or If you can assist the investigation in any way Garda would like to hear from you? 

                                Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station investigating tel: 016669400