Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Hero shopkeeper' grabbed gun from masked raiders attempting to rob post office

Store has been targeted three times in the last two years

Dunbar's shop and post office, Courtown, Co Wexford. Picture: Google Maps
Dunbar's shop and post office, Courtown, Co Wexford. Picture: Google Maps
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A shop worker has been praised today after she snatched a gun from masked raiders attempting to rob a post office.

The woman, a German national, was working in Dunbar's shop and Post Office in Coutown, Co Wexford at 4.20pm yesterday when the raiders burst in brandishing what appeared to be a firearm.

Owner Declan Dunbar told that the thieves demanded money but his brave employee refused to open the cash register.

"They were wearing wooly hat pulled down and black jackets zipped up so you could only see their eyes and noses," he said.

"They demanded cash, they said 'give us the f**king money, give us the f**king money now'. But this woman just kept saying 'I have no key, I have no key'.

"Then there was a shamozzle and she pulled the gun off them. The lads were so shocked that this tiny woman had taken the gun from them that they just turned on their heels and ran."

He added: "She is a hero. I don't know if I would have been quite so brave."

Mr Dunbar called 999 and gardaí were on the scene in less than three minutes.

Officers arrested one man fleeing the scene. A second man was arrested after he tripped and fell on the footpath.

The men, one in his late teens and the other in his 20s, are currently detained under Section 30 of The Offences Against the State Act, 1939 at Enniscorthy Garda Station.

Gardai have recovered the weapon and it is now undergoing ballistics tests.

Mr Dunbar explained that this is the third time his store has been targeted in the last two years. There was an armed robbery at the store two years ago and earlier this year windows were broken by raiders attempting to gain entry.

The store owner said: "I would feel like saying 'what the hell is the point?' But you can't let these things deter you. You can't give into these scumbags. Life is tough sometimes."

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