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Monday 22 January 2018

€28k ring raiders pointed gun at jeweller's head

Greene's Jewellers of 9 Aungier Street which was the scene of a robbery
Greene's Jewellers of 9 Aungier Street which was the scene of a robbery
The interior of Greene's Jewellers
Some of the damage caused at Greene's Jewellers at Aungier Street which was the scene of a robbery
Greenes Jewellers on Aungier Street in Dublin which was robbed at gunpoint yesterday.

Cormac McQuinn and Allison Bray

A JEWELLER was "looking down the barrel of a gun" as armed raiders dressed in high-vis builders' gear made off with jewellery worth €28,000 from his shop.

Staff at Greenes Jewellers on Aungier Street in Dublin were pinned against the wall as raiders threatened: "Keep back or I'll blow your f****** heads off."

The two men carrying a firearm burst into the family-run shop at about 5pm yesterday evening.

Co-owner of Greenes Karl Ryan said that he had a gun pointed at his head as raiders made off with a substantial quantity of jewelled rings.

"They were in and out in 30 seconds. It felt a lot longer when a gun is pointed at you," he said.

"Basically two lads just burst through the door, (they) broke the lock on the door.

"There was myself and a goldsmith that I have working for me.

"I didn't see them come in. I came running out when I heard the commotion starting and two guys had just entered the shop," he added.

"One fella just went straight for the cabinet window and smashed it with a crowbar and started filling up a bag."

Mr Ryan said that he was working in the back room and ran out to confront the raiders immediately.

"My first instinct was to come out shouting at them," he said.

"I actually picked up my swivel chair and threw it at him," he added.

"The other fella pinned myself and the other staff member back with the gun pointed at us."

"At that point (after he threw the chair) I was just looking down the barrel of the gun.

WORKERS

"I just sort of left well enough alone and left them to it.

"It felt like five or ten minutes but no, looking at the CCTV it was over and done in 30 seconds."

Gardai said both suspects were wearing sleeveless yellow high-visibility jackets and jeans typically worn by construction workers.

One of the suspects was wearing a blue hard hat and the other was wearing a blue balaclava and a blue hoodie.

The men, believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, made off with the stash from Greenes Jewellers, which included three display trays containing gold rings, worth an estimated €28,000.

"All I could see was his eyes," Mr Ryan said.

"I've never been subject to an armed robbery before. Usually you get guys with a syringe or a hammer."

The suspects escaped in a grey Opel Astra which was found abandoned a short distance away on Aungier Lane.

The car, with a partial 07-C registration plate, was reported stolen from the Harold's Cross area of Dublin on November 9.

Mr Ryan said that the raiders got away with two trays of wedding rings and a tray of dress rings with precious stones in them.

Irish Independent

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