Gardai in Inishowen believe there may be a link to two robberies in Buncrana and Muff where two ‘severely traumatised’ female shop assistants were tied up and subjected to a ‘certain amount of violence’.
Fashion store, Identity, in Buncrana, was robbed on Thursday afternoon at around 3.50pm. Three men entered the premises and gagged and tied the female shop assistant using tape and cable ties. It’s believed the robbers were non nationals.
They took off with around 1,000 euro from the till and personal items from the assistant’s hand bag.
In a separate incident in Muff on Monday night, Annie’s Diner was robbed.
Similarly three men were involved and the female assistant was tied up with cable ties.
Speaking to the Journal yesterday Superintendent Kevin English told the Journal: “We had a woman on the property who was locking up the premises and was confronted by two people - although three were involved in total.
“Basically what happened was she was grabbed and subjected to some violence. She was forced in to the kitchen area of the diner and after that some money was taken, approximately 600 euro and £300.
“She was severely traumatised from the event. She had her hands tied with a cable tie and she was forced to lie face down on the floor.”
Supt English said there were similarities in the two incidents and investigations are ongoing.
He appealed to the business communities throughout Inishowen to be security conscious. He said: “There are similarities, both were female shop assistants on their own and vulnerable targets.
“These were certainly not opportunistic robberies. We would appeal to the business people to review their security and ensure their property does not have cash on the premises or have some in their personal property.”
He said a crime prevention officer is available in the area to aid businesses and Gardai will also be upping their presence in the towns.