Raiders cut through shutters at gold dealers
Published 11/08/2010 | 05:00
TWO men were arrested during a botched raid yesterday after burning through the security screen of a precious metal dealers in broad daylight.
The pair arrived in a van at the Bullion Room on Bolton Street in Dublin shortly after 9am, and proceeded to use a blow torch to cut a hole in the shutter, before going inside.
The two staff inside the store were tied up during the attempted armed robbery, which was foiled after an alarm was activated.
Gardai arrested two men, both aged in their 30s, at the scene, and a firearm was recovered.
One witness said the men showed up in a van and proceeded to use the blow torch to gain entry.
"There was a couple of guys with torches and they burnt their way through the shutters," the witness said.
"Two guys pulled up in yellow jackets and started to burn their way through the security shutters. You see people at work and you pay no heed. They cut a large hole in the security grille and stepped in."
The men entered the premises at around 9.30am and tied up the workers, a man and a woman, in a back office.
The shop, which deals in precious metals and specialises in buying and refining scrap metal, has been preserved for a technical examination.
The men were arrested and taken to the Bridewell Garda Station where they are being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.