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Saturday 20 July 2019

Raiders threaten shop worker as they steal phones

CCTV images of the incident in the Bunclody store (Photo:
CCTV images of the incident in the Bunclody store (Photo:
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Staff were terrorised when three men threatened an employee and stole dozens of phones in a shocking daylight robbery at a Vodafone shop in Co Wexford.

The incident happened at a Vodafone branch in Bunclody at 3pm on Saturday.

CCTV shows how one of the men entered the shop and appears to ask for assistance.

Two other men can then be seen walking in and heading straight for the back room where a number of valuable phones were stored.

They then appear to force the terrified Vodafone employee into the storage room and made him open a number of safes.

The trio escaped with three large bags of phones and some cash. They are understood to have been seen fleeing the scene in a gold Skoda Octavia.

A Vodafone manager told the Irish Independent that there was also an attempted robbery at a branch in Athy, Co Kildare, at around 11am on the same day.

However, in the Athy case, the raiders left empty-handed after shop staff raised the alarm.

"Three guys were in our shop in Athy and they didn't have any success as colleagues spotted something wasn't right.

"Then at 2.50pm in Bunclody the same thing happened," said the manager.

"There were no guns or weapons used, but they were very aggressive.

"They took every phone and some money. Nobody was hurt, just shocked."

A Garda spokeswoman told the Irish Independent no arrests have been made in relation to the Bunclody incident.

However, Garda investigations are ongoing.

"Any witnesses or anyone who can assist gardaí with information is asked to please contact Bunclody garda station on 053-9377102," she added.

Irish Independent

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