A SHOP assistant in Portlaoise was robbed at knifepoint by three masked men on Monday morning just yards away from where hundreds of bosy being dropped to St Paul’s primary school during the morning rush.
Gardai confirmed that the robbery took place shortly after 8am on Monday when three men entered Shoprite on the Borris Road.
One of the men was carrying a knife while the other was carrying a scissors, according to Portlaoise Gardaí. They threatened the female shop assistant who was there on her own at the time and stole money from the till.
“Two males have been arrested, one of which was juvenille and one was over 18, and some of the money was recovered. They are currently in custody and have been charged. They are being brought to court this morning. Obviously the shop assistant was deeply upset by this,” said a garda spokesman.
The men were witnessed running out of the shop at the time wearing balaclavas. Shop owner Pat Dunne said that he was very grateful to the members of the public who helped out at the scene. “
“I just want to thank the public for their help. There were a few women there who contacted the Gardaí and another woman who followed the men. We also have CCTV, these people can’t get away with these things anymore.
“The shop assistant happened to be there on her own at the time and the public were able to tell the Gardaí where the men were. There was also a very quick response from the Gardaí, I think they had them caught in about ten minutes,” he said..