Armed robbery suspect arrested in Limerick
Gardaí describe raid as very frightening for store employee who managed to set off alarm
The man arrested is being detained at Henry Street Garda Station on suspicion of robbery and can be held for a maximum of 24 hours. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times
A man in his 30s has been arrested in Limerick in connection with an armed robbery in the city.
A handgun believed to have been used in the robbery has also been recovered as part of the investigation.
It is the second firearm recovered by gardaí in Limerick in a week.
Last Thursday, a loaded Glock pistol, handgun ammunition and over 30 shotgun cartridges were recovered during searches in the city centre.
Cocaine with an estimated street value of €5,000 was seized in the same operation.
Yesterday’s arrest followed an armed robbery at a filling station on Clare Street last weekend.
A man wearing a balaclava and armed with a handgun entered the garage at 6.45pm last Sunday and demanded money.
The culprit fled the scene empty-handed in the direction of the Canal Bank.
Gardaí described it as a very frightening experience for the store employee, who managed to set off the security alarm.
The man in his 30s was arrested at his home on the northside of the city in connection with the robbery yesterday morning.
Gardaí also recovered a handgun thought to have been used in the incident, which is being sent for ballistic testing.
The man is being detained at Henry Street Garda Station on suspicion of robbery and can be held for a maximum of 24 hours.