There was crazy and shameful scenes in West Dublin this evening after a number of stores were looted by what have described as ruthless thugs.
The frantic and somewhat frightening scenes apparently occurred after 4pm this afternoon when a group of looters robbed a Lidl store in Foutunestown.
According to our sources a large quantity of grocery items were stolen from the store along with the stores safe.
The disgraceful act which was caught on video and uploaded online shows the group ransacking the store after they used a JCB to rip off its roof.
It is understood Gardai have since arrested three men in connection with the incident and they are currently being detained at nearby Garda station.
In a brief statement this evening Lidl say they are aware of an incident at one of its stores and they are currently in liaison with Gardai regarding the incident.
Meanwhile a Centra store was also ransacked in the West of the city after a group of looters managed to cut their way through the doors shutters, although it is not known what was taken from the store it is believed a large quantity of food and alcohol items were taken from the store.
Centra also say they are aware of the incident, but they have yet to release any information regarding the robbery.
There has also been another unconfirmed report of a third store being looted in the city, however it is not known where the alleged incident took place.