A MAN has spoken of his terror as a group of thugs rammed the front of a petrol station next to his house with a four-by-four jeep.
Two members of the Gardai were injured during the incident as the raiders fled the scene.
The shop at Hill’s Petrol Station in Kilcoole was virtually destroyed after thugs rammed through the front shutters with a jeep early last Wednesday morning.
‘I just heard an unmerciful bang at around 3 a.m and could hear the shutters banging. The men were shouting at the top of their voices, they sounded very determined and angry. I’ve never been so frightened,’ explained the man.
In fear of his life the man continued to watch the scene from his house.
‘I rang Brian Hill immediately and I was going to go out but these thugs were making so much noise that I was actually too scared to. I mean I didn’t know if they had guns or what,’ said the Kilcoole resident.
Within minutes Gardaí arrived at the scene and during their escape, the robbers rammed the Garda car with the jeep leaving two of the Gardaí injured.
The thugs then jumped into a BMW and escaped in the general direction of Dublin.
The owner of the petrol station, which has been in his family since the 1960’s, Brian Hill, reached the garage to find a scene of devastation.
The shutters of the shop had been knocked through and the ceiling inside was damaged while the floor of the shop was a mass of broken debris and stock.
‘It was a huge shock to come along and see so much damage done. They were obviously trying to get the ATM machine but got away with nothing. All that damage for nothing,’ explained Mr. Hill, ‘I’d say there is about ¤100,000 worth of damage done to the shop.’
The Gardaí injured at the scene were taken to Loughlinstown Hospital and were later released with minor injuries.
Nothing was taken during the raid and the jeep that rammed front of the shop was recovered at the scene.
Gardaí at Bray and Greystones are following enquiries and anybody with any information can contact the Gardaí at (01) 6665300 or (01) 6665800.
Gardaí at the scene of the raid at Hill’s service station in Kilcoole.