Hor­ror hold-up is third rob­bery in two months


Bray People - - News - Deborah COLE­MAN

A VI­CIOUS RAID car­ried out at a Ti­na­hely su­per­mar­ket is the third rob­bery at the same out­let since it opened just two months ago.

The most re­cent raid on Satur­day night saw an armed and masked gang of three grab two young stu­dents who work at the store by their throats, and threaten them with a gun and a knife be­fore the duty man­ager raised the alarm.

It is be­lieved that the same trio is re­spon­si­ble for a 5 a.m. break-in which caused thou­sands of euro worth of dam­age at the store a week ear­lier.

In the ini­tial weeks since the store opened a theft was car­ried out by a sep­a­rate group of three who man­aged to steal am amount of cash while the store was un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions and a small num­ber of staff were on duty.

Ac­cord­ing to store owner David Whe­lan this in­ci­dent went un­no­ticed for a time due to the works be­ing car­ried out and the changes in staffing lev­els.

Mr. Whe­lan this week called for a meet­ing with the Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent of Wick­low Gar­daí, say­ing that some­thing must be done to en­sure a bet­ter Garda pres­ence af­ter hours in ru­ral ar­eas.

‘There are var­i­ous sta­tions around the re­gion which close up at 5 p.m. and left in the care of the head­quar­ters in Balt­in­glass. We have the best se­cu­rity sys­tems avail­able and still this raid oc­cured. We have top of the range alarm and CCTV sys­tems but we need a quicker Garda re­sponse time.’

The Cen­tra store re-opened to the pub­lic on Sun­day morn­ing at 11 a.m. when the Garda Tech­ni­cal Bureau com­pleted its in­ves­ti­ga­tions and a clean up op­er­a­tion was car­ried out.

Mr. Whe­lan re-opened the store in re­cent weeks fol­low­ing a ¤2.7 mil­lion in­vest­ment and com­plete re­fur­bish­ment.

One of the bal­a­clava-clad raiders stares into a se­cu­rity cam­era.

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