Jewellery shop owner threw chair at gun-wielding thief

Credit P. Lisarelli

Credit Pier Paulo Lisarelli

Greene’s Jewellers on Aungier Street has opened its smashed door again to the public following an armed raid yesterday evening.

Two males entered the premises just after 5.00pm last night and held two staff members at gunpoint before making off with €15,000 to €20,000 worth of gold rings.

Speaking to News Anois, co-owner Karl Ryan said that getting the business back up and running was necessary.

“It’s our livelihood. We have to get reopened.”

To protect his livelihood, Karl Ryan threw a swivel chair at the raider holding a gun on him. “That was my first reaction.”

Admitting that it was an error in judgement, he was forced to comply with the raiders’ demands and allow them to take three displays of jewellery from the shop window.

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Credit Pier Paulo Lisarelli

“In the jewellery trade, you’re always aware that [theft] is inevitable.”

This is the first theft the jewellery shop has suffered that involved a firearm. Previous thefts have involved syringes and hammers. “That was maybe thirteen/fourteen years ago,” he said.

As well as the costly loss of the gold rings, the shop also needs to deal with the cost of repairing the damage done to the premises, which could be as high as €2,000.

Security is also on the shop’s list of priorities. “The security that we do have did the job, but we have other devices we can look into.”

As of yet, the gardaí have no leads and are appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. They are asked to contact Pearse Street Station 01 666 9000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Lauren O’Halleron

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