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Three man quizzed over armed raid on shop

Three man quizzed over armed raid on shop

Gardai are continuing to question three men in relation to a terrifying robbery during which a firearm was used to threaten store workers.

The frightening raid took place at McHugh's Centra in Edenmore, north Dublin over the weekend.

Three masked men, armed with a baseball bat and a handgun entered the store shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday evening.

Terrified workers were threatened at gunpoint by one of the raiders, while another holding the baseball bat kept watch on customers who were in the store at the time.

The three-man gang eventually fled the scene with a small amount of cash and a quantity of cigarettes.

Officers from Coolock Garda Station were alerted to the raid and units rushed to the scene.

Two of the men were quickly arrested close to the store and were taken to Coolock Garda Station. Later that evening in a follow-up operation, a third man was arrested and was taken to Swords Garda Station.

The men, aged 38, 39 and 45, are being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and were last night continuing to be questioned by gardai.

A firearm and a baseball bat have also been recovered.

They are currently being examined by members of the Garda Technical Bureau for evidence.

Management at the store did not wish to comment when contacted by the Herald.

It is not believed that any worker or customers were physically harmed during the incident.

However, staff who were in the premises at the time are understood to be extremely shaken as a result of the incident.