Armed and dangerous

The scene of the robbery near Buncrana where a second hand car dealers family were held hostage.  (0402JB120)
The scene of the robbery near Buncrana where a second hand car dealers family were held hostage. (0402JB120)

There were dramatic scenes at Crescent Link in Derry yesterday morning when armed police tried to storm a car reported stolen after an armed robbery in Buncrana.

An eyewitness told the Journal police approached the car with guns drawn and smashed a window but those inside managed to drive off.

A cross-border manhunt was launched earlier when a family were robbed in their home at Kinnegoe in Buncrana. A Garda spokesperson said: “Three men believed to be armed with firearms entered the house and threatened a mother and her children. They escaped with an amount of cash in the family’s dark blue Audi A6 registration 09 DL 2621. No one was injured. The car drove towards Bridgend and was found abandoned in Derry.”

It is believed the robbers waited in the garden shed until the father had left home.

One man in his 30s was arrested nearby. It’s thought three others got away in the Audi which was then spotted by the PSNI at Crescent Link.

Guns drawn

The eyewitness said; “The police all jumped out with their guns drawn and battered the windows. I never saw anything like it. It was like a scene from a movie. At least two other cars were struck when the men sped off.”

The PSNI appealed for information. A spokesperson confirmed: “Police are making efforts to locate three male occupants of an Audi A6 who evaded officers in the Crescent Link area of Derry around 10am.”

The Audi was later abandoned and police on both sides of hte border are now looking for a Vauxhall Astra stolen in Drumahoe.

The PSNI spokespersonsaid: “We believe the offenders are now using a car stolen in the Drumahoe area just before 10.30am. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of a grey Vauxhall Astra, registration INZ 7128, is asked to contact police immediately.

“For safety reasons the public should not attempt to stop or follow this car or approach the occupants.”