Friday 19 January 2018

Meat cleaver in 'smash and grab' robbery

Dundalk Gardai are investigating a 'smash and grab' style robbery at a store in Dundalk town centre during which trays of jewellery were stolen by a man wielding a meat cleaver.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon when a man, wearing dark clothes and a balaclava and carrying a meat cleaver, walked into the Cash Convenience store at Clanbrassil Street.

He started breaking up the glass displays with the cleaver and when members of staff tried to stop him, he threatened them with the weapon and stole three trays of gold jewellery containing a variety of items. It is not known if he fled the scene on foot or whether he had a vehicle nearby, but CCTV from both the store and the Garda town centre system has been analysed.

It is believed the man was wearing 'a distinctive hoodie' and anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on May 11 can contact Dundalk Gardai at 042 9388400 or the Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

Meanwhile, Gardai in Carlingford arrested a man at the Four Seasons Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning. Officers were called to the hotel at around 3.40am after two men is alleged to have become aggressive to staff.

Gardai claimed they continued to be aggressive after they arrived at the hotel and they were arrested on suspicion of public order offences. Both men appeared before a special sitting of Drogheda District Court on Sunday and were bailed to appear later this month in Dundalk. Judge John Coughlan heard how one of the men, aged 30, and from the North, had a bench warrant from Dublin against him.

The Argus

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