Tuesday 20 March 2018

Staff threatened with knives as masked robbers hold up city centre hotel

Robbery: the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Robbery: the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Conor Feehan and Cathal McMahon

A terrifying armed robbery at a city centre hotel was caught on CCTV, the manager has revealed.

Two hotel workers were locked in a baggage room and threatened with knives during a terrifying raid at the Conrad Hotel, on Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin 2.

At approximately 1am yesterday, three raiders entered the five-star hotel wearing balaclavas and carrying knives.

The raiders threatened two staff members and claimed they had a gun.

The workers were locked in a baggage room and threatened during the ordeal.

Staff were ordered to open the safe but were unable to do so as it was time-locked.

The raiders fled with a sum of money, believed to be around €300, from a cash till float.

A major Garda investigation is ongoing, although no arrests have yet been made in the case.

The Conrad Hotel's manager Martin Mangan said that while the incident was traumatic for the staff, nobody was physically harmed and the gang fled through a side or back exit.

"No hotel guests were affected, and the small number of team members and contractors impacted by the incident are safe.

"The well-being, safety and security of our team members and guests are a priority, and our efforts are currently focused on providing support services to the impacted team members and contractors, and working with gardaí as they complete their investigation," he added.

Mr Mangan said that most transactions at the hotel are by credit and debit card, and very little cash is involved.

"The robbery was also recorded on our CCTV system which was only recently upgraded as part of an overall large scale refurbishment."

A Garda spokesman said that officers in Pearse Street were "investigating a robbery that occurred at a hotel on Earlsfort Terrace at approximately 1am this morning".

"Three males wearing balaclavas, two armed with knives, entered and threatened staff.

"They left with an undisclosed sum of money. No one required hospital treatment," added the spokesman.

Irish Independent

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