Sunday 21 January 2018

Postman foiled attempted raid by shouting to burglars outside his family home that he had a shotgun

Postman Declan Ryan shouted to burglars that he had a shotgun Photo: Press 22/Liam Burke
Postman Declan Ryan shouted to burglars that he had a shotgun Photo: Press 22/Liam Burke
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A garda had to use his own private car to respond to a reported burglary because no patrol car was available.

Postman Declan Ryan successfully foiled the attempted raid by shouting to the burglars outside his family home that he had a shotgun.

Rural campaigners, including Rural Link and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), have now warned that such incidents underline the urgent need for greater Garda resources.

Mr Ryan was so incensed by the attempted raid in Tipperary, just days after a brutal Offaly burglary, that he contacted Tipp FM.

The An Post worker was at his Hollyford home on Wednesday night when the incident occurred.

"I could hear two sets of footsteps coming around the side of the house," he said.

"They came down by my room. The next thing a flashlight shone in the window of my room. I was on the phone straight away to Tipperary Town Garda station. They [the burglars] proceeded to force a crowbar into the window.

"I panicked and I said, 'I have a shotgun here and I am not afraid to use it. You better get out of here'. Luckily enough, the two of them scattered."

Mr Ryan was shocked when a garda later arrived in his own private vehicle.

"He was in Cappawhite and he obviously got the call from Tipperary [town]. He had no patrol car so he had to come up to me in his own private car," he said.

"When I saw a car pulling up outside and it wasn't a Garda car, I thought, 'Who in the name of God is this?' But luckily enough he made himself known when he got out of the car.

"I thought it disgraceful that they haven't got squad cars to provide for emergencies."

Irish Independent

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