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26 May 2022

Teenager charged in connection with number of robberies in the Midlands

A teenager has been arrested an charged in connection with a number of robberies in the Midlands on Saturday. He is due to appear before Athlone District Court this morning.

Gardaí appealed for information from the public after a number of robberies in the Mullingar area on Saturday, January 22.

At approximately 2:45am on Saturday, a light purple coloured Toyota Vitz (10 D registered) was taken from a housing estate in Mullingar town centre. Gardaí believe this vehicle was subsequently connected with a number of robberies in the Mullingar area.

At approximately 7:40pm, three males entered a filling station in Irishtown, Mullingar and threatened staff with weapons including an apparent baseball bat.

At approximately 7:55pm, three males entered a shop in the Ballinea area of Mullingar and threatened staff. The males fled the scene in a vehicle with a quantity of cash and cigarettes in both of these incidents. No injuries were reported.

At approximately 8:45pm, Gardaí received reports of a car on fire in Barley Hill, Kilbeggan, County Westmeath. The fire was extinguished by local fire services and the car is confirmed as the light purple coloured Toyota Vitz.

Gardaí appealed for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling in the Abbeylands area of Mullingar in the early hours of Saturday, 22nd January, 2022, or in the Irishtown and Ballinea areas of Mullingar between 7pm and 8:30pm, to make this footage available to them.

Gardaí are also appealing to any road users who may have camera footage and were in the Barley Hill area of Kilbeggan between 8pm and 8:45pm on Sunday, 22nd January, 2022, to come forward.

Gardaí are also appealing to any persons who may have seen a number of males in the Barley Hill area, walking, loitering at any location or involved in any activity which drew your attention?

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mullingar Garda Station on 044 938400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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