Neighbour foils shop ATM raid
Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00
A NEIGHBOUR foiled an early morning raid on an ATM when they alerted gardai to three men with sledge hammers entering a shop.
The men gained access to the cash machine located in the Gala store on Dublin's East Wall road at about 3.30am when a delivery man unlocked the doors of the shop to deliver bread. They tied up the man, but when they started to remove the ATM, the noise woke a resident of an apartment above the shop, who called gardai.
Store owner Miriam Collins thanked the upstairs occupant who had raised the alarm and said parts of the shop were left in "an awful state" after the raid. She is now left with a massive bill to replace the broken ATM and the shop's cash registers, which the raiders also broke into.
"We've been three-and-a-half years working here and we've never had anything like this," she said. "This area is getting worse and worse."
Officers at Store Street garda station were last night continuing to question a 23-year-old man who they caught at the shop and arrested. They are still searching for the other two men who fled the scene.