Gardaí are hoping this picture of the getaway car used in an armed raid on a post office will prompt the public to provide them with vital information which will lead to the culprit.

At approximately 10.30am yesterday, a lone raider armed with what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun burst into the post office at Little Island, on the eastern outskirts of Cork City, and demanded cash from a female employee.

He escaped in a green Ford Focus hatchback with what gardaí described as “a relatively small amount of cash”.

The car was found abandoned around 30 minutes later, a few kilometres away at Brooklodge, Glanmire.

It was left outside Brooklodge National School and gardaí are looking at CCTV footage taken in the area in an effort to determine where the gunman went after that and if he had any accomplices.

The employee was not physically injured during the raid but she was said to have been shocked by the ordeal.

The post office at Trafford Park was closed as gardaí carried out a forensic examination of the scene in an attempt to find clues relating to the raider’s identity.

Detectives are looking at the possibility that yesterday’s armed raid was connected to a similar incident which occurred in Brooklodge, Glanmire, on April 18.

That evening, a lone gunman entered the Applegreen service station and demanded cash from staff before fleeing in a getaway car which he abandoned a short time later.

The man who raided the post office yesterday is described as being 5ft 8in, of strong, stocky build, and wearing black Addidas tracksuit pants with white stripes on them. He wore a light-purple top with a light-blue hoodie inside, and had a black scarf or balaclava covering his face. He also wore black gloves.

The hubcap was missing from the driver’s side front wheel, and the car is a 99 C registration.

Gardaí do not yet know if the car travelled to Glanmire via the Dunkettle back road, under the Dry Bridge from Glounthaune, or along the N25.

Anybody with information about the post office robbery in Little Island yesterday or last month’s robbery at the service station in Glanmire is asked to contact Mayfield Garda Station at 021 4558510.


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