Seven men arrested in connection with two post office robberies

Urlingford post office
Urlingford post office

Gardaí have arrested seven men today in connection with two separate post office robberies.

A post office on Main Street, Urlingford was hit shortly after midday today.

Meanwhile armed raiders attempted to rob a post office Clogherhead, Co. Louth at approximately 11:45am. 

A number of masked men entered the Urlingford post office at approximately 12:05pm, threatened staff and left a short time later with a substantial amount of cash.

A female member of staff received minor injuries.

Gardaí responding to an incident stopped a car travelling on the Urlingford to Freshford road and arrested three men aged in their mid-20s.

In a number of follow up searches, a car was discovered burned out, at Ardragh, Urlingford. A fourth man, aged in his 40s was arrested in Kilkenny City at approximately 4pm.

A substantial amount of cash was recovered during the arrests and subsequent searches.

The four men are currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Kilkenny (2), Thomastown (1) and Carlow (1) Garda stations

Elsewhere three men were arrested following an armed robbery of a post office in Clogherhead.

Three men, one of which was carrying a sawn-off shotgun, entered a post office at 11:45am, threatened staff and demanded money.

As they were leaving they were confronted by gardai.

A struggle ensued and a 25-year-old man was arrested by Gardai attached to the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

A sawn-off shotgun and the proceeds of the robbery were also recovered.

With the assistance of local Gardai and the Regional Support Unit, two further men, aged 24 and 36 years, were arrested.

The three males are currently being detained at Dundalk and Drogheda Garda stations under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended.