Shopkeeper takes on raiders
BRAVE WOMAN LOCKED ONE THUG IN ROOM WHILE SHE CALLED GARDAÍ
A BRAVE Bray woman counts herself lucky to be alive after challenging a gang who robbed her shop in Greystones recently.
Tracy Gaynor, who opened Elite Alterations on Church Road, just eight weeks before the robbery happened, took on four thugs who barged into her shop and demanded the days takings from the till.
In a quick and speedy move, the very calm Tracy managed to lock one of the hoodlums into a room with her while she called the gardaí.
‘After hearing what happened to that man in East Wall at the weekend I now realise I’m very lucky something awful didn’t happen to me but it was like I was on auto-pilot and I was just really calm and determined not to let them away,’ explained Tracy. While Tracy was on the phone to the gardaí the thug who was locked in the room with her began to panic and then jumped out of an attic window to the ground below.
‘I asked him what he was doing with the till and he said he was just messing around so I told him he could tell that to the gardaí. That’s when he starting panicking and then jumped out the window.’
The four thugs who are believed to be from North Dublin escaped on foot towards Greystones harbour.
In quick pursuit the Greystones gardaí caught the gang close to St. David’s School.
‘Thanks to Tracy’s quick response we managed to retrieve all the money taken and the four have been charged,’ said Sergeant Noel Kinsella of Greystones garda station.
The drop from the window where the thief jumped out.