Ennis smash-and-grab raid was second in a month

Ennis smash-and-grab raid was second in a month

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A crime scene investigator removes one of two sledgehammers used in the robbery – © Pat Flynn 2014

A long established electrical retail business in Co Clare was targeted early yesterday in a smash-and-grab type raid almost identical to another robbery in the town last month.

Up to €20,000 worth of stock including a range of Apple and Samsung tablets and a top-of-the-range television were stolen from Ennis Electrical Expert on Parnell St in Ennis.

The raiders arrived at the store at around 3.10am and left the scene in about 3 minutes with the haul. Gardaí believe there were at least two men in the vehicle which they now believe to have been a silver 98 or 99 ‘C’ registered car.

A local resident heard the shop alarm but by the time he had managed to get dressed and go and check what was happening, the raiders had left the scene. The man’s wife however, could see the getaway outside the shop from here apartment window.

The car left the scene towards Carmody St after driving down a short section of one-way.

A Daewoo car was found burned out a short time later at Ballyhannon South near Quin about 10 kilometres from Ennis. It had been reversed into a gateway and it’s believed that thieves transferred their haul to another vehicle at this location.

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The Daewoo car found burnt out near Quin soon after the robbery – © Pat Flynn 2014

A spokesman for the business said: “There was no one injured but they did a lot of damage and got away with a lot of valuable stock. They smashed in a glass panel with a sledgehammer and they climbed through that and used another sledge hammer to smash a display case.”

“The got away with Apple iPad’s, iPod’s and Samsung items and took the most expensive television in the shop. They damaged several other TV’s trying to get it out and they also destroyed two iPad’s trying to get them from a security display,” he said.

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One of two sledgehammers left behind by the thieves – © Pat Flynn 2014

Investigating gardaí are viewing CCTV footage from the Garda street security system and local premises

Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to contact Ennis station on 065 6848100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Gardaí are investigating similarities and a possible connection between this latest raid and another in the town on May 27th.

Two men with sledgehammers smashed their into a pharmacy in the town’s O’Connell St and stole up to €30,000 of high value fragrances.

A number of people were arrested and questioned in relation to that robbery while a file on that incident is expected to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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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.

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