Armed gang carry out raid at Arva grocery store

Gardai are hunting for a three-man gang who made off with over €30,000 worth of cigarettes and cash in a series of raids across Cavan and Monaghan this week, one of which resulted in an armed robbery in Arva town last week.

Gardai are hunting for a three-man gang who made off with over €30,000 worth of cigarettes and cash in a series of raids across Cavan and Monaghan this week, one of which resulted in an armed robbery in Arva town last week.

Well known local grocery store Daly’s was one of a series of businesses and convenience shops targeted by the raiders during the early hours of last Thursday morning (July 26).

The gang, all of whom were wearing balaclavas and at least some of whom were thought to be armed, escaped with around €7,000 of cigarettes and cash after breaking into the Main Street premises at around 3am.

Investigators had been hoping to focus much of their investigation on CCTV footage taken from the scene, but that avenue was closed off after it emerged the suspects removed any incriminating evidence from the scene.

Despite this, detectives believe the raid lasted only six to seven minutes after they were disturbed during the course of the heist before making their getaway in a dark coloured Audi car.

The Arva break-in marked the third and final leg in a chain of robberies gardai believe the gang brought off within the space of just 90 minutes.

At around 1:40am, raiders prised their way into a petrol station in Clones, leading to the theft of an estimated €25,000 in stolen goods.

Much like the robbery at Daly’s, cash and cigarettes were the gang’s items of choice.

A short time later, Foyne’s Shop in Butlersbridge was targeted, again with the same takings and cigarettes being taken.

The same set of raiders are also being linked to a botched raid at Baxter’s Centra outlet in Mohill, Co Leitrim the week previously.

Nothing was taken during the attempted break-in after the gang were interrupted by a passer-by, forcing them to flee empty-handed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cavan Garda Station on (049) 4335302.