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Man arrested after attempted ‘blood-filled syringe’ shop robbery

Drogheda Garda Station
Drogheda Garda Station. Photo Credit: Barry Landy/LouthNow.ie.

Gardai in Drogheda have arrested a man following a robbery at a convenience store in the town on Thursday afternoon, in which the culprit threatened staff with what appeared to be a blood-filled syringe.

Officers arrested a man in his 30s at approximately 4pm, a short time after the incident. The man entered the shop on Dominic Street in the town and approached and threatened a female member of staff with what Gardai say ‘appeared to be a blood-filled syringe’. He demanded money and when he failed to get some, he stole a gold necklace from the female staff member and fled on foot.

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The male was arrested when officers manning a nearby Covid-19 checkpoint were alerted to the incident and embarked on a foot chase, at the end of which the suspect was apprehended. He was taken to nearby Drogheda Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this incident to contact the incident room at Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. The Gardai investigation is ongoing.

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