A Cashel pub and Cahir bookmakers were robbed within a half an hour of each other on Monday morning.
Gardai investigating the robberies of Fahey’s Pub on Ladyswell Street in Cashel and Harrington’s Bookmakers, Abbey Street, Cahir don’t believe the crimes were carried out by the same culprits.
They have appealed for information from any witnesses to the robberies or anyone who saw suspicious activity in the vicinity of the two premises on Monday morning, to assist their investigation.
Two intruders were disturbed in Fahey’s Pub at around 11.20am.
The men, who were not masked, assaulted the owner and escaped on foot in to the centre of town with a sizeable sum of cash. They left from Buckley’s Car Park in a white Ford transit van with blacked out windows, which may have been converted into a camper. It’s believed the robbers left the town via the Golden or Dundrum roads.
The two robbers have been described as foreign nationals. One man was approximately 6ft 2 inches talls, aged in his 30s with greyish/black hair. The other was described as about 6ft in height, aged in his 20s with black hair and wearing a green jacket.
Gardai have appealed to members of the public, who saw the getaway van on the Golden or Dundrum roads out of Cashel on Monday morning to contact Cashel Garda Station.
A garda spokesman said while owner of Fahey’s Pub didn’t require medical treatment following the robbery, he was very shaken by the ordeal.
Meanwhile, two men arrived at Harrington’s Bookmakers on Abbey Street in Cahir on a black and red coloured motorbike at around 11.50am on Monday.
According to gardai, both were dressed in full motorcycling attire and helmets, which masked their faces when they entered the bookmakers.
One of the robbers produced a handgun and threatened the lone female staff member and demanded cash.
The pair left with a sum of money and made their getaway on the motorcycle in the direction of the Tipperary Road Roundabout. One of the criminals was described as being around 5 ft 4 inches tall the other was around 5ft 7inches tall.
Gardai believe they travelled in the direction of Tipperary Town and may have gone off the main road onto by roads somewhere between Cahir and Bansha.
A Garda spokesman appealed to anyone who saw a motorcyle with two passengers travelling at high speed on one of these roads around midday on Monday to contact Cahir Garda Station.
Cahir Garda Station can be contacted at (052) 7445630 and Cashel Garda Station can be contacted at (062) 62866.