Man with knife robbed store

A 44-year-old man has been arrested following the robbery of a shop with a knife in Portlaoise at the weekend.

A garda spokesperson has confirmed to the Leinster Express that at around 5.45pm on Saturday, May 10, a lone masked raider entered Flanagan’s food store in Knockmay.

The man threatened a female staff member with a knife and demanded money, and after the terrified woman complied to the request by opening the till he fled the scene with approximately €300 in cash.

As a result of garda inquiries and a study of CCTV footage a 44-year-old local man was arrested and brought to Portlaoise Garda Station. He was subsequently charged with robbery and bailed to appear at Portlaoise District Court on June 5.

In other crimes locally, the gardaí are once again warning people in rural areas to beware of leaving their premises unsecured, following a number of thefts from around the county within the past week.

Between 11pm on Saturday, May 10, and 6am on May 11, a yard was broken into in a townland of Durrow and 500 litres of oil was stolen. Also taken were a number of briquettes, and tools including a hedge trimmer and a strimmer.

The garda spokesperson has advised anyone who is offered such items at knocked down prices that it is unlikely that the goods will be genuine, and he urged people to contact the gardaí with any information.

There were also four thefts from open yards at rural areas in Laois between May 6 and May 7, with fuel and tools taken by opportunistic thieves. No damage was done, as entry was not forced with the culprits getting over fences in some cases.

The garda spokesperson is warning people with yards or businesses located in isolated areas to secure their valuables, especially diesel and home heating oil.

Anyone with any information on any of these crimes should contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.


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