Shop­keeper takes on raiders

BRAVE WOMAN LOCKED ONE THUG IN ROOM WHILE SHE CALLED GAR­DAÍ

Bray People - - Newsbriefs - Paula BURNS

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.

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