Two men and a woman arrested over an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Edgeworthstown over the weekend, have been released without charge.
The trio, all of whom are aged in their early 20s, were questioned by detectives after a man walked into the town’s Connolly Bookmakers establishment brandishing a handgun at around 3:30pm on Sunday.
In a raid lasting a matter of seconds, staff were forced to hand over an undisclosed sum of cash to the masked robber who then set off on foot.
A series of extensive follow up searches later in the day in Longford and north Dublin led to the arrest of three suspects, two of whom were brought to Longford Garda Station for questioning while a third individual was transferred to Granard Garda Station.
It’s understood all three may have been inside the busy main street venue or in the immediate vicinity at the time of the raid, something senior detectives believe could prove crucial in the investigation’s overall success.
Statements from around ten other customers who watched on as the incident unfolded are a further option open to officers as part of their investigation.
They also hope those potentially telling eye witness accounts will point them in the direction of the armed raider who, up until yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), was still at large.
He is well known to gardai and up until recently had been living locally before relocating to Dublin.
Sources close to the investigation said they were confident further arrests were likely, but stopped short of indicating what, if any, charges might result.
“Three people were arrested on Sunday evening,” said a Garda spokesperson. “We are still looking for one or two others.”
Efforts are also being made to track down both the weapon and stolen cash which is believed to be a four figure sum.
One staff member, who was confronted by the raider, was said to have been left traumatised by the ordeal in what sources have described as an extremely calm and calculating incident.
As such, gardai have issued an appeal for any passers by who may have been on the street or inside the premises at the time to come forward.
What they also want to establish is whether a getaway car was waiting outside or if the main suspect had an accomplice at the wheel.
Anyone with information, or who may have been in or around Connolly Bookmakers at around 3:30pm on Sunday and noticed anything untoward, is asked to contact Granard Garda Station at (043) 6686512.