RAIDERS targeted only top quality perfumes and cosmetics when they smashed their way into a Castleisland chemist's with sledgehammers in the early hours of Tuesday.
Over €20,000-worth of perfumes were snatched from Kennelly's Pharmacy in the second raid of its kind in north Kerry in the past week.
Gardaí were alerted to the raid while it was in progress and pursued a car in a high-speed chase into west Limerick. Three men were subsequently arrested and were still being questioned at the time of press.
Maguire's Chemists in Listowel was broken into in a similar fashion last Thursday. Again thieves only had a nose for high-end perfumes, ignoring everything else in the pharmacy. THIEVES who are believed to have been targeting perfumes for sale on the black market smashed their way into a Castleisland chemists with sledgehammers on Monday night and stole over €20,000 worth of perfumes.
Gardai, who were alerted to the break-in were later involved in a high-speed chase from Castleisland to Newcastlewest and then on to Glin. Three men were subsequently arrested and were being questioned by gardai at the time of going to press on Tuesday evening.
The break-in at Kennelly's Pharmacy in Castleisland was the second audacious raid targeting highend cosmetics in North Kerry in the past week.
A similar smash-and-grab raid occurred at Maguire's Chemists in Listowel in the early hours of Thursday morning last. That incident was the second of its type on the Listowel pharmacy in three weeks. In both incidents the raiders took only perfume and ignored everything else in the premises. A number of similar raids have also occured elsewhere across Munster in the past number of months.
In the raid on Kennelly's Pharmacy, the thieves got in by smashing the front windows with sledgehammers in the early hours of Tuesday morning. They were interrupted by a person from the second floor but continued their brazen raid, grabbing over €20,000-worth of perfumes.
Gardai were alerted and responded immediately, directing all available units to Castleisland and closing some roads in the region. Gardaí gave chase to a vehicle in a pursuit that led through Kerry into Newcastle West and ended in Glin.
Three males were subsequently arrested and detained for questioning at Listowel and Newcastle West garda stations on Tuesday. All three are non-national.
Two of the males detained at Listowel Garda Station are aged in their 20s and the third male, detained at Newcastle West, is in his late 40s. Their custody period was extended on Tuesday morning and they were detained under the provisions of section four of the Theft and Fraud Act.
Castleisland pharmacist Michael Kennelly praised the gardaí as he tried to come to terms with the loss of over €20,000 worth of stock.
"I have to say that the garda response was absolutely superb, which I greatly appreciate and admire. It just shows how effectively our gardaí can operate when they have sufficient resources," he said.