Monday 27 January 2020

Man armed with hammer tries to rob from chip shop - until staff hit back with a spade

Gardai appeal for information on missing man Kenneth Fagan
Gardai appeal for information on missing man Kenneth Fagan

Anita McSorley

A masked chip-shop thief carrying a hammer as a weapon got an unexpected shock when staff fought back with a spade.

Two masked men pulled up on a motorbike to Gio’s chipper in Kingswood shopping centre in Tallaght in Dublin shortly before midnight last Sunday night.

One stayed on the bike while the other entered the premises armed with a hammer and attempted to steal money from the till.

Speaking to, manager of Gio’s, Paolo Soaze, explained that there were two girls at the front of the shop when it happened.

“Two guys pulled up in a motorbike with balaclavas on and their hoods up. One stayed on the bike and one came into the shop.

“He came in and smacked the counter with the hammer demanding money. He was screaming ‘Come on, come on’ and he jumped over the counter.

“One of the girls screamed to the men who were down the back.”

Two male workers were at the back of the chipper scraping the freezer with a shovel.

“One of the men heard the screams and ran in with the shovel.

“As soon as [the robber] saw the shovel he took a step back and his whole body language changed.

"He hit him on the shoulder with the spade and the thief ran off"

Paolo explained that they called the gardai who are now investigating the incident.

He believes it is connected to another incident that happened in another nearby chipper just two days beforehand.

“There was an incident similar to that in Tymon, a few minutes down the road just two nights beforehand. Two masked men on a motorbike. They got the money and took the whole till.

“I think they are absolutely connected as the exact same thing happened.

“The gardai are investigating it."

Irish Independent

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