Spate of shop raids leaves locals shaken

by Emma Nolan

Reports of a hammer wielding thief terrorising shop workers in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown over the last couple of weeks have shaken locals.
The unknown attacker is said to be entering shops and threatening staff with a hammer before leaving in a waiting car with a sum of money from the till.
One raid took place in Centra at Barnhill Road in Dalkey at 2.30pm on Sunday, December 27, following that on December 29, the masked raider struck Xtra-Vision store at Glenageary making off with around €200 both times.
The Centra at Blackglen Road in Sandyford on New Year’s Eve and a Daybreak shop in the Barton Road, Churchtown last Sunday, January 3, were also targeted by the same thief.
While none of the staff involved was injured, a worker from Xtra-Vision Glenageary, who did not wish to be named, told The Gazette about the incident that “lasted less than a minute”.
They said: “There was a car parked outside for a while, then a masked person came in. He came behind the counter with the hammer and demanded the money.”
The staff member said the thief took “whatever he was able to” before fleeing the scene in the waiting unmarked car.
Speaking to The Gazette about the robberies, Cllr Michael Merrigan (Ind) said: “Attacks like these highlight the absolute necessity for the introduction of a highly visible presence of uniformed gardai on the beat in the town centre to act as a real deterrent and to reassure the public and traders.”
Gardai in Dun Laoghaire are currently investigating two robberies where a man was wielding a hammer. A spokesperson told The Gazette that no arrests have been made yet.
There was some speculation among locals that the thief was committing the robberies while out of prison on temporary release. But gardai have been unable to confirm this: “As this investigation is ongoing I am unable to comment on whether the suspect was/is on temporary release or if a suspect has even been nominated.”

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