Gardai arrest two after hijacking and armed robberies in south Dublin
Two men have been arrested in connection with two armed robberies and a car hijacking in south Dublin yesterday.
According to gardai the two men under arrest, aged in their 30s, are believed to have been involved in armed robberies at a service station in Palmerstown and a shop in Tallaght yesterday morning.
Gardai say that two men entered at a service station on Kennelsfort Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 at 7.20am yesterday, armed with a crowbar and screwdriver, threatened staff and made off with a small amount of cash.
Then, at 9.15 am, two men entered a shop at Killinarden, Dublin 24 armed with a hammer and what appeared to be garden shears.
Again staff were threatened but in this case the raiders left empty handed.
Gardai have confirmed no one was injured in these incidents.
Later in the day a vehicle believed to be involved these raids, a silver hatchback, was discovered burnt out near the area of the hijacking, which took place in the Shankill area when a female driver was stopped by two males on Old Connaught Drive at approximately 4pm.
The woman was not injured in the incident.
Gardaí identified this car, described as a black hatchback, driving recklessly in the Rathfarnham area at around 5pm yesterday evening.
With the help of the Armed Support Unit and Air Support gardai gave chase.
The chase ended in the Saggart area when the driver lost control and the two men fled on foot.
They were pursued by Gardaí and apprehended.
The pair are currently detained at Tallaght Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.