Fury as fourth Stepaside business hit in one week

by Rebecca Ryan
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Stepaside locals are disgusted after the fourth business in the village has been targeted by robbers in the space of one week.

Des Kennedy’s Centra shop was robbed by three thugs early last Friday morning with three tills ransacked for cash.

It comes a week after a spate of burglaries in the area where three businesses were broken into by a man in his 20s in one morning. He was later arrested, and the cash was recovered.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette after the incident, owner Des Kennedy told us what happened. “It’s dreadful. At 4.10am on Friday morning three individuals broke in one of the windows and cleared the three registers. A sum of money was taken.

“We saw the three individuals on CCTV who were well covered up, so they wouldn’t be recognisable.

“When I got the message, I was here within 15 minutes and when I arrived, there were two police cars at the door, so they were here pretty quickly.

“I understand that they gave chase to the car involved, but they didn’t catch them.”

Des said the incident has left him feeling “uneasy” and he will be glad to see the reopening of the Garda station in Stepaside next year. He also wanted to thank the locals for their incredible support.

Local councillor Lettie Mc Carthy and close friend of Des said: “I was appalled at this injustice. These people must be pretty stupid to think any business will leave large amounts of cash in their premises overnight. It’s way past time our Government introduced meaningful legislation that acts as a deterrent to this unacceptable behaviour.”

Minister Shane Ross said: “My heart went out to Des Kennedy who, though clearly shaken, reacted by saying ‘at least no one in the community was hurt.’ Once again, the need for our Garda Station to reopen as soon as possible has been demonstrated in the worst possible way.”

T.D. for Dublin Rathdown Catherine Martin said: “This just further emphasises the need for the reopening of Stepaside Garda Station. I would urge the Government to ensure that works on the station are completed as quickly as possible so that the Stepaside Garda Station can reopen.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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