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Video: Masked thug wields gun in terrifying Dublin shop robbery

The masked man forcing Centra employees behind the till
The masked man forcing Centra employees behind the till

The masked thief is believed to be part of a gang behind a spate of armed robberies.

The man in the Incredible Hulk mask and his partner-in-crime raided a Centra store in Corduff last Saturday night.

The hooded men stormed into the shop and forced three terrified staff members behind the counter, at gunpoint, to empty the tills.

The ruthless duo used threats and violence to terrify shop workers and security staff.

Behind the counter the two raiders instructed the workers to open the tills, while all the time the security guard fought with them, pulling at them and pushing them.

One of the shop workers managed to hide some cash while a raider was distracted by the security guard.

Both of the raiders wore white gloves during the robbery to prevent their fingerprints being left behind.

Barely a minute after they entereed, the pair left the shop with a sum of money estimated to be around €500.

The man in the Hulk mask brandishes his weapon

They escaped on two bicycles and were seen by locals changing clothes on a local green area as staff phoned gardai and the shop owners.

Co-owner of the store, Damian Quinn, said the raid was a terrifying ordeal for the staff.

“Our security guard tried to prevent it but he was over-powered and then they ordered the staff to open the tills,” he said.

“They didn’t care who was in the shop at the time, and then just casually walked out after waving their guns around and terrifying everyone.”

Two local drug addicts are the main suspects for the robbery, and gardai are following a definite line of inquiry.

They are also suspected of robbing other businesses in the area over the past few years, including a newsagent and a hair salon.

Local Independent councillor David McGuinness said the Centra store is the hub of commercial activity in the area.

“I suspect the gardai won’t be too long in pursuing those responsible and I’d urge anyone with information to come forward,” said Councillor McGuinness.

“I dread to think what would have happened if the shop had been busy.”

“People shouldn’t have to worry about being targeted when they are out shopping,” he added.