Thief in botched Lanesboro raid

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Gardaí are appealing for the public’s help after a thief threatened staff at knifepoint during an armed raid at a shop in Lanesboro at the weekend.

Gardaí are appealing for the public’s help after a thief threatened staff at knifepoint during an armed raid at a shop in Lanesboro at the weekend.

The suspect, who had his face concealed, entered a local supermarket at approximately 8.35pm brandishing a knife.

Gardaí have confirmed a demand for money was made, but when staff refused the male suspect was forced to flee.

No further details concerning the thief’s appearance have been made available as gardaí look at other ways of furthering the investigation.

One of those include the examination of CCTV and an appeal for witnesses who may have been in Lanesboro at the time of the incident to come forward.

Separately, gardaí have also launched two investigations into a pair of shoplifting incidents in Longford town over the past seven days.

The first occurred last Thursday, October 15, at a shop on Chapel Lane, just off the town’s Market Square.

A female suspect is understood to have entered the store shortly before 3pm before making off with an item of jewellery.

Unlike the Lanesboro incident, gardaí have not made any appeal for witnesses to contact them, instead confirming a definite line of inquiry is being pursued.

The second incident took place at a retail premises at Longford’s N4 Axis Centre last Saturday afternoon.

Two males are believed to have entered the building and snatched a sizeable quantity of jewellery just moments later.

Anyone with information in connection to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 3350570.