Customers tackle knife wielding thieves

April 29, 2013

By Christine Keighery

Two knife wielding thieves were foiled in the attempted robbery of a local Spar shop last week when plucky customers decided to tackle the pair, sending them fleeing from the shop empty handed. The drama unfolded around 6.20pm on Sunday 21st April when the men entered the Spar shop on Kinelowen Street in Keady.

One of the males produced a knife and demanded money from a shocked staff member.  The would-be thieves got more than they bargained for however, as loyal customers who witnessed what was happening, confronted the men, chasing them from the premises.

Thankfully, no-one was injured in the incident, although the staff member who was subjected to the terrifying ordeal was left badly shaken.

During follow up enquiries, police subsequently arrested two males aged 16 and 17.  They were later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Sinn Fein Councillor Darren McNally said he was shocked to hear of another attempted robbery in the Keady area.

“Thankfully no one was injured during this incident in which the perpetrators were carrying weapons.  It appears that the police have made arrests in relation to this and I hope that those responsible are brought before the courts,” he added.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed this incident or who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact CID in Newry on 0845 600 8000.