Saturday 23 September 2017

Jewellery store staff attacked in two raids in the space of a week

Gardaí are investigating the two raids which occurred at Bouchon jewellers in the Diamond, Malahide Village.
Gardaí are investigating the two raids which occurred at Bouchon jewellers in the Diamond, Malahide Village.

Robin Schiller and Chai Brady

Staff at a Dublin jeweller were assaulted twice in the space of a week following two separate robberies at the same store.

Gardaí are investigating the two raids which occurred at Bouchon jewellers in the Diamond, Malahide Village.

The first incident occurred last Wednesday while the second took place on Saturday afternoon. It has not yet been established if the two incidents are linked.

On Saturday, two men entered the store shortly after 5pm and threatened a member of staff after jumping the counter.

The raiders made off with a number of items including watches and necklaces.

During the raid, a female worker was injured after being apparently slashed by a sharp implement.

An ambulance was called and she was taken to hospital. However, her injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Members of the Armed Support Unit, who were in the area at the time, were dispatched to the scene.

A number of housing estates near the scene of the robbery were searched but no arrests have yet been made.

The first suspect is described as being 5ft 9in and around 50, pale, wearing glasses and a yellow jacket.

The second man was wearing a black jacket and white hat. He was described as being much younger than the first.

Gardaí are in the process of establishing if the robbery over the weekend is linked to another raid at the store last Wednesday.

During that incident a man, described as a young male, entered the premises at approximately 5pm with a knife and threatened staff.

He managed to take an undisclosed quantity of jewellery and attempted to leave the premises but was approached by a worker.

During the subsequent struggle the member of staff received what were described as minor injuries to his arm after being slashed with the weapon.

The raider then escaped on foot.

Officers from Malahide garda station are investigating both incidents but no arrests have yet been made.

Sophie Stimpson (20), who lives near the scene, said: "Everyone knows everyone around here so I think they will definitely be caught.

"It is such a public spot and there's so many cars, someone must have seen something. I'm shocked it happened."

In a separate investigation, gardaí arrested a 44-year-old man in connection with a robbery in Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, on Saturday night.

A lone male entered a shop and demanded cash from a female staff member, who was assaulted during the incident.

The raider, who was wearing a balaclava, left the premises on foot with a sum of cash at around 9.20pm.

The female employee who was assaulted did not require any medical attention.

The man is being detained at Balbriggan garda station.

Irish Independent

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