Horror hold-up is third robbery in two months
GUN TERROR TINAHELY SUPERMARKET TARGETED BY ARMED GANG
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.