Friday 19 January 2018

We won't let violent thugs bully us out of business, vows shop owner

One of the raiders points a handgun at Greene's jewellery shop owner Karl Ryan
One of the raiders points a handgun at Greene's jewellery shop owner Karl Ryan
A smashed window in Greene's
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A JEWELLERS robbed at gunpoint have vowed that armed raiders will not force them to close a business that has been in their family for three generations.

Karl Ryan of Greene's shop on Aungier Street in Dublin said his parents had previously been held up by robbers linked to The General and the IRA.

"This won't force us to close. Our family has been through this before," he said.

And the brave jeweller -- who confronted the robbers by throwing a swivel chair at them -- described how his own mother stood up to earlier raiders.

ORIGINAL

"This shop was the original one opened by my grandfather, and then my parents opened their own one on the street, two floors above the Whitefriars Grill," Karl explained.

"My mother was held up there before. She just pushed the diamonds on to the floor and stood on them, and insisted she had none in the shop so the robbers had to leave empty-handed," he said.

Gardai are studying CCTV footage from the shop and other cameras in the Aungier Street area to try to identify the raiders who struck on Monday night.

The dramatic images show the raiders entering the shop and making away with trays of rings worth €20,000 in the space of just 30 seconds.

"The first guy just burst his way in the door. The lock itself actually held but the door frame gave way under the pressure," Mr Ryan said.

"I just heard the bang and came running out from the back room to see the gunman running towards me. I picked up a chair and threw it at him.

"He was shouting for me to keep back, saying he would 'blow my f***ing head off' as his mate smashed his way in and loaded the trays into a bag.

"At that point I was just looking down the barrel of the gun. I just sort of left well enough alone and left them too it.

"They seemed to know what they were after, and it wasn't the most valuable stuff in the shop, but it would be easy to dispose of because it was mainly gold wedding bands."

Mr Ryan said his family had received a lot of support from customers and local businesses in the aftermath of he robbery.

The man who pointed he handgun at Karl is 6ft 3ins in height.

Both raiders, who spoke with Dublin accents, were wearing high-visibility yellow jackets and jeans, and looked like construction workers.

One had a blue hard hat on, and the other was wearing a blue balaclava and blue hoodie.

Irish Independent

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