Gun held to employee's head during armed robbery in Dunboyne

Robbery: Gardai in Ashbourne arrested a man and recovered a firearm
Robbery: Gardai in Ashbourne arrested a man and recovered a firearm

Gardai are investigating an armed robbery at a supermarket in Meath yesterday.

The incident occurred at approximately 6.20pm in Dunboyne.

A lone male entered the supermarket with what is believed to have been a firearm. He threatened staff, demanded money and left with a certain amount of cash.

The man is believed to have held a gun to the head of a young employee at the Daybreak store. The 19-year-old worker is understood to be severely shaken by the incident.

"There was a young girl on duty in the shop at the time. A guy was seen walking up and down outside the shop.

"He had parked his car in the adjacent car park. He went in, knocked the girl to the ground and put a gun to her head," a source told the Herald

He escaped in a black car and headed towards Summerhill, County Meath. 

The man was eventually stopped by Gardai from Ashbourne a short while later. A firearm and and cash were recovered in the car and the 32-year-old was arrested.

He is being detained under the provisions of section 30 Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended at Ashbourne Garda station.

The firearm will be examined later by Garda Ballistics section, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Gardai said. 

The woman, who had been on duty at the register at the time of the incident, was said to be "very upset" last night.

Witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the Gardai in Ashbourne on 01 8010600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.