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TERRIFYING RAID: Goldsmith jewellers in Balbriggan

TERRIFYING RAID: Goldsmith jewellers in Balbriggan

TERRIFYING RAID: Goldsmith jewellers in Balbriggan

AN OFF-DUTY female garda chased down and foiled a gang of jewel thieves.

The garda pursued the raiders after they stole thousands of euro worth of goods from a jewellers.

The masked robbers, four of whom are teenagers, threatened staff with hammers during the terrifying raid.

But their escape was scuppered after their getaway car crashed not far from the scene of the crime in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

As the bungling robbers flagged down a taxi they were spotted by the eagle-eyed offduty female garda who began the pursuit.

The officer, who had just finished her shift at Balbriggan Garda Station, became suspicious of the taxi as it travelled along the M1 towards the city centre.

Despite not being aware of the raid, the garda filed her suspicions with her superiors and began to tail the taxi.

Reinforcement officers quickly arrived on the motorway and pulled over the taxi.

"If it wasn't for this officer's efforts, we would today be reeling over one of the most significant jewellery thefts in a long time," a senior source told the Herald.

The five men were discovered with thousands of euro worth of goods stolen during the robbery at Goldsmith jewellers in Balbriggan.

Investigations were continuing today and staff members at the raided jewellers, as well as the taxi driver, were due to be interviewed about the events.

Smashing

The men entered the shop after 5pm yesterday and began smashing a number of cabinets before ransacking the jewellers of thousands of euro worth of expensive goods.

They then jumped into a getaway vehicle – a black saloon – and fled the shop, which is on Drogheda Street.

However, they are then believed to have panicked and crashed their car in a nearby housing estate. The men seized the stolen goods from the abandoned vehicle and walked a short distance back towards Balbriggan town centre.

The Herald understands that they flagged down a taxi and demanded that the driver bring them into Dublin city centre.

It is suspected that the taxi driver picked up the men without realising that they had just carried out the robbery.

It's believed the female garda officer, who was on her way home, became suspicious over five men in one taxi.

"This was so traumatic for all involved and thankfully the quick actions of this officer has led to significant arrests," a source explained.

Alarming

"The fact that four members of the gang are teenagers is simply alarming.

"This was highly-planned and orchestrated and the level of damage they caused with the weapons is significant."

A Garda spokesman last night said the four teenagers and their accomplice, who is in his 40s, are being questioned at separate garda stations in Dublin.

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