A 77-year-old pensioner is recovering this week after a gang of four men attacked and robbed him on a busy Longford road in broad daylight.
The men, all of whom are believed to hail from a well known Dublin/Carlow gang, knocked the victim off his bicycle, before robbing him.
It’s understood at least one of the men dragged the man off the bicycle before grabbing his coat and stealing his wallet. It’s not known how much was taken, although sources believe around €200 may have been snatched.
It is believed that the incident occurred shortly after the gang failed in their bid to burgle a house in Edgeworthstown last Thursday morning.
They initially made their getaway in a silver coloured BMW and gardai believe a house in the Ballinasloe area may also have been targeted by the same people, culminating in the theft of an estimated €200 in cash and coins.
A high speed garda chase ensued during which an attempt to ram a patrol car.
In a last ditch bid to evade capture, the driver of the BMW attempted to overtake a lorry on Galway’s Portumna bridge but the car collided with parked vehicle, forcing its occupants to abandon the vehicle on foot.
To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.