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Armed robbery in Cloughleigh

The shop at Cloughleigh, where there was an armed robbery on Tuesday evening. Photograph by John KellyTWO female shop assistants at Cusack Stores, Cloughleigh, Ennis were threatened by robbers with a machete and baseball bat on Tuesday evening.
A senior garda source confirmed that three young males wearing balaclavas entered Cusack Stores between 6.50pm and 7pm on Tuesday. “One was carrying a machete and one was carrying a baseball bat. Both of these armed men went in behind the counter of the shop and threatened the two female staff. The third party remained outside the door of the shop on lookout,” he said.
“They took two cash registers and made off on foot from the shop. Between €1,500 and €2,000 was taken in the robbery. One of the cash registers was found shortly after the incident near the shop but the other hasn’t been recovered,” he continued.
Gardaí said neither of the shop assistants were injured in the robbery but were extremely traumatised as a result of being threatened with weapons. No customers were in the shop at the time of the robbery.
Three men, aged 28, 30 and 21, were arrested in relation to the robbery at 8am on Wednesday and were being questioned at Ennis Garda Station. They can be held initially for up to 24 hours.
Gardaí confirmed that CCTV footage from the shop and the area surrounding the shop is being examined as part of the investigation. The men came to and left the shop on foot.
Anyone with information in relation to the incident, particularly anyone who noticed three men behaving suspiciously in the area before or after the time of the robbery, are asked to contact Ennis gardaí on 065 6848100.

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