Worry for business community after latest robbery

Gardai are continuing their investigation and search for three robbers who made off with a quantity of cash in the early hours of yesterday morning from a petrol station on the outskirts of Letterkenny.

Gardai are continuing their investigation and search for three robbers who made off with a quantity of cash in the early hours of yesterday morning from a petrol station on the outskirts of Letterkenny.

The raid took place at the well-known Dry Arch Service Station, opposite the Clanree Hotel, at 2.30am.

Three men were involved in the theft where a “moderate” amount of money was stolen.

Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell from Letterkenny Garda Station said one man remained in the get-away car, an accomplice stood at the premises doorway, while another man entered the store armed with what appeared to be a hand gun.

He demanded money from the shop worker and made off with a quantity of cash.

The men were travelling in a dark coloured saloon car fitted with five spoke alloy wheels.

Inspector O’Donnell said the raiders came from the Derry direction and also made their escape out the dual carriageway.

He appealed for any witnesses to come forward and assist them with their investigation. He also appealed to anyone who may have observed the dark saloon car in the vicinity before or after the incident.

CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, Toni Forrester, says they regularly host security seminars for the local business community but this latest attack is a “very worrying” development.

In recent months there have also a number of “ram raid” style thefts in the town which are not believed to connected with this latest incident.

“It is very worrying for businesses. Things are tough enough and adding this is another burden. I would definitely give them advice of getting the gardai out and try get as much prevention in place as they can,” the Chamber spokesperson stated.

A number of years ago, in response to anti-social behaviour and petty prime, Letterkenny Chamber began “Business Watch” as a way of helping local traders improve security measures, but Toni says the latest robbery is a much more sinister development.

“This is very serious. You have to think about the ordinary people behind the counter and the trauma of that,” she stated.

Letterkenny garda station can be contacted on 9167100.