Monday 27 February 2017

Safes torn from new supermarket in spate of raids

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Mark Hilliard

A NEW supermarket open less than 24 hours was targeted during a series of raids on businesses yesterday.

Iceland in Carlow town had barely opened its doors to the public when thieves tore out two safes with mini-diggers, getting away with tens of thousands of euro.

There were further robberies at a post office in Co Westmeath and at a Tesco supermarket in Co Kildare. The Iceland robbery appeared to have been well planned -- the thieves visited twice in the same night.

Gardai believe they initially arrived in a black hatchback car at 3am and returned later in a stolen Isuzu crew cab with the registration 06 WX 7490.

A mini-digger already on site for works was then used by the thieves to remove two safes.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Tullow Road area between 3am and 6am yesterday to contact them.

Meanwhile, gardai in Clane, Co Kildare, are appealing for information on a raid at a Tesco in which staff were tied up by two men who fled with a substantial amount of cash.

Nobody was believed to have been injured in the raid, which occurred around 6am. One of the men was about 5ft 9in, of stocky build and wearing a yellow fluorescent jacket and black tracksuit trousers.

Balaclavas

The other was about 6ft with a green jacket and trousers and blue shoe covers. Both men wore gloves and balaclavas.

Anyone with information can contact Clane garda station at 045 868262 or any other station.

Meanwhile, two men were arrested following a post office robbery in Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath.

The raiders threatened staff with a knife and sledgehammer at the premises at about 9.30am before fleeing with €5,000.

Two suspects, both in their twenties, were arrested in a follow-up operation and gardai said cash and implements used in the robbery were recovered.

Irish Independent

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