Gardai smash gang of suspected jewel thieves
Gardai have smashed a Lithuanian gang suspected of carrying out a spate of jewellery robberies in the commuter counties around Dublin and then returning home to eastern Europe after the raids.
Three men were in garda custody last night after a raid on a jewellery store in Trim, Co Meath. Gardai believe they were also responsible for a similar robbery on a jewellery shop in Maynooth, Co Kildare.
In both cases violence was used on staff by the raiders.
Officers recovered an imitation gun outside TF Martin's premises at Emmet Street in Trim yesterday.
Garda intelligence indicated that the gang had been flying into Dublin from eastern Europe, holding up shops and then returning home to "fence" the stolen goods.
During the latest robbery, three men burst into Martin's shop at around 4.50pm and assaulted the owner, who is in his 70s.
He was struck several times and the gang was about to snatch a quantity of jewellery when they panicked and ran out empty-handed.
But an alert member of the public had already contacted the gardai and local officers rushed to the scene.