Shop owner calls for more Gar­daí

Bray People - - News -

A CO. WICK­LOW busi­ness­man is to seek a meet­ing with the Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent of Wick­low Gar­dai fol­low­ing a vi­cious and ter­ri­fy­ing raid at his store which left staff mem­bers in shock and trau­ma­tised.

Pro­pri­etor of Cen­tra in Ti­na­hely, David Whe­lan, slammed the sys­tem which sees ru­ral Garda Sta­tions close at 5 p.m., leav­ing all emer­gen­cies to be dealt with by district head­quar­ters in Balt­in­glass.

‘This is not a per­sonal at­tack on Gar­daí but some­thing must be done now to de­ter th­ese crim­i­nals from tar­get­ing places such as Ti­na­hely. It took 20 min­utes for Gar­daí to ar­rive.

‘Gangs like this know that Gar­daí will not ar­rive within min­utes and it makes us a tar­get.’

Mr. Whe­lan said that his staff were tak­ing some time to re­cover from the at­tack in the raiders threat­ened to ‘blow their brains out.’

The or­deal oc­cured at 9 p.m. on Satur­day evening as em­ploy­ees were pre­par­ing to close for the night.

A gang of three, dressed in black and wear­ing bal­a­clavas, rushed into the store. One of them im­me­di­ately at­tempted to pull down the shut­ters to dis­guise what was oc­cur­ing in­side from passers-by.

When they failed to do this, as the shut- ters are elec­tron­i­cally op­er­ated, they grabbed two fe­male mem­bers of staff, one of whom is just 16 years of age, in choke holds and threat­ened them with a large knife and what has been de­scribed as a bat­ton.

One of the men, who are de­scribed as hav­ing Ir­ish ac­cents and aged be­tween 17 and 20, went to lo­cate the duty man­ager and to gain ac­cess to the cash room.

The man­ager, how­ever bravely took on the thugs and man­aged to get past them and out on to the street where the alarm was raised. The gang made their es­cape with an amount of money stolen from the cash reg­is­ters and drove off in a sil­ver BMW in the Ark­low/Shil­le­lagh di­rec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Whe­lan this is the same car used in a raid last week.

‘It is the same gang who broke in here on Au­gust 22 at 5 a.m.

‘They did not get the job done so they re­turned and tried to get staff to open the cash room for them,’ added Mr. Whe­lan.

The armed raiders sneak up and grab a young fe­male shop as­sis­tant in Ti­na­hely.

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