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Saturday 19 October 2019

Parents in pizza shop tried to fight off armed raiders with cans of Coke

Staff threatened: Nasir Khan’s business was raided by teenagers wearing Halloween masks
Staff threatened: Nasir Khan’s business was raided by teenagers wearing Halloween masks

Aoife Walsh

Masked teenagers held a knife to a woman's throat and stole almost €2,000 in cash from a restaurant, the owner has said.

Nasir Khan, owner of Heaven Pizza in the Classes Lake retail park, Ballincollig, Co Cork, said his parents tried to fight off the thieves with a sweeping brush and cans of Coke.

Mr Khan said the thieves, who wore Halloween masks, made small talk with a staff member behind the till before the teenagers entered the kitchen area about 11.40pm last Saturday.

He believed they were unaware his parents, who do not wish to be named, were in the back of the restaurant.

The ordeal ended only when a member of staff managed to escape the restaurant and phoned gardaí.

"There were two guys, teenagers. They had Halloween masks on. They entered into the space. They thought there's only one person in the restaurant, nobody else.

"My parents were at the back, and one of the staff members was at the reception area. They came up and tried to make small talk, 'hi', 'hello', those sort of things.

"Then my staff thought, OK, they have masks on - it's probably because it's Halloween time, they're making jokes," Mr Khan said.

"Suddenly, one of the guys entered into the kitchen area and he pulled out a big knife from his waistband, and then he told my staff to get on the floor."

The raider held the knife to a woman's throat at one point during the incident, which lasted 15 minutes.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed officers were investigating the robbery.

"A sum of cash was taken from the premises," it said.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

Irish Independent

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