CO WESTMEATH, Ireland - Gardai have issued an appeal to the public for information on a crime spree that took place on the weekend in the Mullingar area.
The spree involved a number of robberies.
The saga began at approximately 2:45am on Saturday, when a light purple coloured Toyota Vitz (10 D registered) was taken from a housing estate in Mullingar town centre.
Investigators believe this vehicle was subsequently connected with a series of robberies in the Mullingar area.
At approximately 7:40pm, three men entered a filling station in Irishtown, Mullingar, and threatened staff with weapons including an apparent baseball bat. At approximately 7:55pm, three men entered a shop in the Ballinea area of Mullingar and threatened staff. The alleged assailants 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 on Saturday, reports were received 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.
Gardai officers in Mullingar are appealing for any witnesses to any of these incidents to come forward.
They are appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dashcam) and were travelling in the Abbeylands area of Mullingar in the early hours of Saturday, or in the Irishtown and Ballinea areas of Mullingar between 7pm and 8:30pm, to make this footage available to them.
Gardai 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.
They 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 anyone's 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.