Abbeyleix bank robbers caught

TWO men have been arrested in connection with the recent armed robbery from the Abbeyleix branch of Bank of Ireland.

TWO men have been arrested in connection with the recent armed robbery from the Abbeyleix branch of Bank of Ireland.

In the region of €3,000 was stolen on the morning of Friday, March 16, when a man believed to be in his late teens or early 20s entered the bank at around 10.15am and threatened staff with a handgun. The man, who was described as being 5’ 6” tall and of thin build, was dressed in tracksuit bottoms with a dark coloured hooded top and white runners. He wore a bandana to cover his face and escaped on foot leaving staff and customers traumatised, with gardaí believing he may have had a car waiting for him on the town’s Mountrath Road.

Sgt Joe Culleton of the Abbeyleix gardaí has this week confirmed that two men have been arrested, following searches by gardaí of a house in the local area and a house in Dublin. The men, neither of whom is from Laois, are currently being questioned and the investigation is ongoing. A car has also been seized, which gardaí believe may have been used as the getaway vehicle in the brazen bank robbery.

Sgt Culleton said that the local gardaí were very grateful for the co-operation they received from the wider community and he thanked the public for assisting them with their inquiries.