Both robbers are said to have threatened staff before fleeing the scene
Two men have been arrested following robberies at bookmakers in Athlone and Mayo.
In the first incident yesterday afternoon, gardaí said a man armed with a knife threatened staff at a shop in the Westmeath town.
No customers or staff members were injured in the incident, which happened just before 4pm.
The raider fled the scene in a car that was found recovered a short time later.
Money believed to have taken from the shop was also found, and a 38-year-old male suspect was detained.
In the second incident, just after 9pm last night, another man threatened staff at a bookmakers shop in Castle Street in Castlebar.
He left the scene on foot with a sum of cash.
A 28-year-old man was arrested nearby, and money was recovered. No one was injured.
Both men are being held in garda stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.