Inishowen community ‘shocked’ as hammer and knife used in separate robberies

Cafe Donagh in Carndonagh.
Cafe Donagh in Carndonagh.
  • Two separate robberies occurred in Inishowen on Friday and Sunday
  • In Muff, a shop assistant was threatened with a hammer
  • In Carndonagh, the cafe owner was threatened with a knife

Gardai in Inishowen are appealing for information in relation to two separate robberies in Muff and Carndonagh over the weekend.

The first incident occurred at 7.50pm on Friday evening last when four males in a Volkswagon Polo, with a registration number of 02 WH, pulled up outside Harkin’s Shop in Muff.

Three of the men entered the shop, one of whom was carrying a lump hammer, and threatened the male shop assistant. A sum of cash was handed over to one while two of the other men stole cigarettes. They left the scene in the same vehicle, travelling in the Moville direction.

It is understood Gardai are following a certain line of enquiry and one person was in custody over the weekend.

The second robbery occurred on Sunday afternoon around 2pm when a man entered Cafe Donagh in Carndonagh. He demanded the contents of the till from the owner before going behind the counter, lifting a knife and threatening the man. He also ransacked the cafe and indicated he did not wish to leave via the front door. The unmasked man then lifted a table and tried to smash the front window of the premises, breaking the inside pane, before leaving.

It is understood Gardai believe a second man was also in the vicinity. There were a number of sightings of the men in the Carndonagh area and both were seen walking along Malin road around 2.15pm. Men fitting their description were then seen at a licensed premises in Malin town before both got a taxi to Derry. Gardai are working alongside the PSNI but believe the men are from Donegal.

It is understood the incidents are not connected.

They have appealed to anyone with information on either robbery to contact them at Buncrana Garda Station on (00353) 74 93 20002.

Carndonagh County Councillor Albert Doherty said the local community was “shocked and very distressed” over the incidents.

He added how he was “disgusted” those involved had “the affront” to enter the premises in Carn and Muff unmasked “like they were throwing down a gauntlet.”

Colr. Doherty said the robberies were an “attack on the community.”