Thursday, 31 July 2014

Gardai in appeal after armed post office raid

Seamus Duke

A postmistress in Granlahan was confronted by armed raiders on Wednesday morning as the local post office was raided by three masked men, two of whom appeared to be armed with handguns.

Gardaí at Castlerea have launched an intensive investigation following the armed robbery, which occurred shortly before 10 am on Wednesday morning, February 16th.

Three masked men entered Granlahan Post Office, two of whom appeared to be armed. The postmistress was confronted by the three raiders, who then locked her in a room at the rear of the premises. Fortunately, there were no members of the public in the post office at the time. No shots were fired and nobody was injured, although it is believed that the postmistress was shaken by the ordeal.

A substantial sum of cash, thought to be in the region of eight to ten thousand euro, and an unknown amount of cigarettes were stolen. The raiders made their getaway in a green Nissan Almera car with a 01 LH registration.

Gardaí carried out searches in the area and erected a number of checkpoints on local roads in an effort to locate the green Nissan Almera. Gardaí are appealing for information about the incident. Anyone who may have been in the area at the time or who has any information to offer relating to the car, is asked to contact the Gardaí at Castlerea on (094) 96 21630, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.