Staff, customers and passers-by were caught up in a frightening ordeal carried out in broad daylight when a masked man carrying a meat cleaver stole jewellery from a shop.
The incident occurred at around 3pm on Thursday May 11 at the Cash Convenience store on Dundalk’s Clanbrassil St.
A man wearing dark clothing and a balaclava entered the shop and began breaking the glass on a jewellery display with the meat cleaver. When challenged by staff he threatened them with the weapon before making off with three trays of jewellery.
The incident took place on a busy Thursday afternoon with many shoppers on the street, while pupils from local primary schools were on their way home.
Fortunately nobody was injured during the incident.
Gardai are investigating the incident and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
In a busy week for the Gardai, officers in Co Clare located a car that had been hijacked at knife-point in Dunleer in the early hours of Sunday morning.