Gardai investigating the armed robbery of Waterville Post Office are looking for information about unusual purchases of petrol yesterday or the previous days.
They are also appealing for the public’s help in tracking the movements of two cars used by the raiders – a Blue Ford Ka registration 99 D 84126 and Navy Blue Mazda 6 registration 03 D 8947. Both cars were burned out by the raiders after they abandoned them. Two men, who are from Kerry, were arrested by Gardai in Beaufort and are being held in Tralee and Killarney Garda Stations for questioning. A third suspect cannot be ruled out at this stage and over 30 Gardai are continuing to search the mid-Kerry area today. Superintendent Flor Murphy has acknowledged the bravery of a male and female Garda who were left injured and severely traumatised when their patrol car was rammed by the raiders. Superintendent Murphy is continuing to look for the public’s help as part of their investigation:
A mid-Kerry couple have been recalling how they were caught up in yesterday’s manhunt in Beaufort following the armed raid on Waterville post office.
Siobhan and David Sheehan live in Kilgobnet with their three children.
A neighbour called Siobhan to tell her that a car was on fire at the back of her house and there was a large Garda presence outside.
She called her husband, who was at work, to come home as she didn’t feel safe when she heard there were wanted men on the loose in the area.
Siobhan said she was shocked by the incident in such a quiet area:
The General Secretary of the Irish Postmasters’ Union has described the Waterville incident as “very dangerous” and has praised the postmistress who was targeted in the raid.
Ned O’Hara says the threat of robbery is something staff in offices deal with every day and there are individual security procedures in place in each office.
Mr O’Hara says these procedures were followed by the staff in Waterville: