Gardaí investigate Ennis smash-and-grab raid

Gardaí investigate Ennis smash-and-grab raid


The burnt out car that was discovered at Ballyhannon North near Quin – © Pat Flynn 2014

Gardaí in Ennis are investigating an early morning smash-and-grab raid in which thousands of euro of high value stock was stolen.

The alarm was raised at around 3.10am when at least two men used a sledgehammer to smash in a glass door panel at Ennis Electrical Expert on Parnell St.

The thieves used a second sledgehammer to smash a display case from which a large quantity of electronic devices including tablets, mp3 players and laptops.

The culprits also took a 50″ television believe to have been the most expensive TV in the store.

The two man gang were in the shop for just a few minutes and made their getaway in what gardaí believe as a silver 98 or 99 ‘C’ registered car. A short time later, fire crews were called to a burning car at Ballyhannon near Quin. Gardaí are investigating whether the Daewoo vehicle is connected with the robbery.

Investigating officers are also looking at similarities between this morning’s robbery and an almost identical smash-and-grab raid just last month.

Up to €30,000 worth of high value men’s fragrances was taken in that robbery at Cassidy’s Pharmacy in the early hours of May 27th last.

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.