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Knife wielding man robs bookies and threatens staff

Knife wielding man robs bookies and threatens staff

Staff at a local bookmakers were threatened with a knife during a robbery at their shop on Saturday afternoon.

An armed man entered the shop alone in Baylough in Athlone shortly after 3.30pm.

He threatened staff with a knife, took an amount of cash and fled the scene in a car.

No one was injured during the incident.

During a follow up operation, a 38-year-old man was arrested a short time later. 

A car and a quantity of cash was recovered.

The man is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Athlone Garda Station.

The investigation is on-going.