TWO TEENAGERS have been arrested by Gardai after robbing a Dublin service station using an imitation firearm and a hammer.
The two teens, one boy and one girl, were apprehended by officers following their raid on the service station located on Parnell Road in Crumlin at roughly 8:30pm on Sunday, January 10.
According to a Garda statement, the pair entered the premises before producing the fake gun along with the hammer which were used to threaten staff.
The suspects escaped on foot with a small amount of cash and other items.
However, unbeknownst to them, Gardai had already been alerted to the robbery after an employee pressed the shop’s panic alarm.
They were subsequently arrested just a short distance from the store with all of the stolen items and cash recovered as a result.
Both were taken to Crumlin Garda Station where they were quizzed by officers.
Following questioning, the teenage boy was charged while the girl was released pending referral to the Youth Diversion Programme.
A Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí have arrested a male in his teens and a female in her teens in connection with the robbery of a service station on Parnell Road in Crumlin last night, 10th January.
"At approximately 8:30pm, the man and woman entered the premises and produced an imitation firearm and a hammer and threatened staff members.
"They took a small amount of cash and items from the service station and fled the scene on foot.
"Gardaí responded to the activation of a panic alarm and attended the scene.
"The man and woman were arrested a short distance from the premises and the stolen cash and property was recovered."
He added: "They were both taken to Crumlin Garda Station where they were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
"The male has been charged and is scheduled to appear in CCJ and the female has been released pending referral to the Youth Diversion Programme."