The robbery of several thousands of euros in cash from a woman in broad daylight in Tipperary Town last Friday was foiled by the quick actions of two young gardai, who apprehended the gang behind the crime as they tried to escape.
The woman had left a local bank with the money a short time before she was robbed of the cash by a man at Market Street around midday last Friday.
Gdas Michael Fitzgerald and Colin Hanley, who were on patrol car duty in the town centre, spotted the robber fleeing the scene after grabbing the bag of cash and followed him.
They intercepted him at Blind Street as he tried to escape in a getaway car with three other alleged accomplices.
Sgt Paul Dennehy of Tipperary Garda Station said the two officers, with the help of back up from other local gardai, managed to stop the car from speeding away and arrested the men. The stolen money was recovered at the scene.
Four men were detained for questioning at Tipperary and Cahir Garda Stations.
They were brought before Judge Mary Martin at a special sitting of Tipperary District Court last Saturday.
Sgt. Dennehy said the four men were remanded to appear before the next sitting of Tipperary District Court next Wednesday, January 19.
The four accused are aged in their 20s and understood to be from various locations in north Tipperary
Sgt. Dennehy said the victim of the robbery was traumatised but didn't suffer any injury. He declined to reveal how much money was involved except to confirm that it was several thousand and not more than €5000.
The sergeant praised the quick action of Gdas Fitzgerald and Hanley, which resulted in the recovery of the money and the arrests.