Syringe robbery at sweet shop

An Athy man was being questioned yesterday (Monday) regarding an alleged syringe robbery on a sweet shop in the south Kildare town last Sunday afternoon.

An Athy man was being questioned yesterday (Monday) regarding an alleged syringe robbery on a sweet shop in the south Kildare town last Sunday afternoon.

According to Sgt Jim Bergin of Athy Garda Station, a man entered a sweet shop on Duke Street at 5.30pm on Sunday and threatened staff.

Employees at Rachel’s Sweet Shop said the man threatened them saying he had a syringe in his pocket. He left the shop with a small amount of cash and was subsequently arrested a short time later.

The local man in his 30s was being questioned yesterday evening (Monday) in Athy Garda Station.

“There were no injuries and as of yet there have been no charges against anyone,” explained Sgt Bergin.

“The local man told staff he was in possession of a weapon, a syringe. When he was arrested and searched no weapons were found, but that is not to say there was not a syringe. For operational reasons I cannot comment any more as the suspect is still being interviewed.”

Meanwhile the South Western Regional Drugs Taskfore is today, November 8, making a presentation at the Athy Joint Policing on substance misuse in Athy.

The Leinster Leader understands its report indicates that there is a high level of heroin use in the south Kildare town.