Search continues for smash-and-grab raiders

Search continues for smash-and-grab raiders


Gardaí are searching for two culprits after an estimated €20,000 worth of stock was stolen in an early morning smash and grab raid at a pharmacy in Co Clare yesterday.

The raid, understood to be the second at the same premises in recent years, occurred in the early hours of the morning at Cassidy’s Pharmacy in O’Connell St in Ennis.

The daring robbery took place at around 2.30am in the town’s main thoroughfare and just 400 metres from Ennis garda station.

Two raiders, believed to be males, used a sledge hammer to smash in the reinforced glass panelling on the front door of the premises. When they couldn’t break through one door, they turned their attention to a second.

Once they had gained entry, the hooded pair are understood to have spent no more than a minute inside.

The thieves filled bags with stock, mainly brand name men’s fragrances including Lacoste, Armani and Polo and cleared several shelves before leaving the scene.

The men left the scene in a dark coloured car, thought to be a Volkswagen Golf, with a 1995 or 1998 registration.

The shop’s alarm system activated and gardaí arrived quickly to find that the thieves had already left the area. It’s believed the raiders were at the scene for three minutes at the most before they fled again.

While the thieves escaped with a large quantity of high value stock they made no attempt to take prescription or other medication.

The store remained closed until mid-morning yesterday to facilitate a garda technical examination and a clean-up operation.

Gardaí have secured CCTV from the premises and will also look at tapes from other local stores as well as the garda street surveillance system.

Staff at the store were reluctant to talk about the incident and spent most of the morning clearing broke glass and restocking shelves.

Gardaí at Ennis are investigating the robbery and can be contacted on 065 68 48100 if anyone was in the area at the time or has any information about the incident.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.