Staff and customers at a Clonmel town centre jewellery store were subjected to a terrifying ordeal on Monday morning when armed robbers held up the store and escaped with thousands of euros worth of jewellery.
The raid on Annerley Jewellers at 15 O’Connell Street has been described by gardai as one of the biggest robberies in the town in recent times.
Gardai refused to release the value of the jewellery stolen and would only confirm that the haul was substantial and included diamonds and other assorted valuable pieces from the store’s stock.
Investigating officers recovered the getaway vehicle used in the raid on Monday afternoon.
The silver Volkswagen Golf was found abandoned at Colligan near Dungarvan.
Sgt. Donal Keogh of Clonmel Garda Station said there were about three staff members and two to three customers in the store when the two men burst into the premises at about 11.10am on Monday.
One of the robbers brandished a handgun at the terrified staff and customers.
Both men were described as being aged in either in their 20s or 30s. They wore peaked caps, dark clothing and green gardening gloves and their faces weren’t masked.
Sgt. Keogh said the people in the store were shaken by the incident but fortunately none of them suffered any physical harm. Gardai arrived at the shop within two to three minutes of the raid and the scene was preserved for technical examination.
The Gardai are examining CCTV coverage of the shop and street on Monday morning as part of their investigation.
Sgt Keogh said they were following a line of enquiry into the robbery but it wasn’t anything definite at this stage.
“We are appealing to any witnesses to the robber or anyone who saw suspicious activity in the O’Connell Street area of Clonmel on Monday morning to contact Clonmel Garda Station,” the sergeant added.
Clonmel Garda Station can be contacted at (052) 6122222.