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Thursday 17 October 2019

JIMMY FEELING BLUE AFTER SHOP BURGLARY

1,000 JOHN PLAYER CIGARETTES STOLEN IN RAID

DAVID MEDCALF

AN ENNISCORTHY shopkeeper has asked the public to watch out for a thousand John Player Blue cigarettes stolen from his premises. The fags are likely to appear on the black market after a one man raid on the Chapel Lane service station late on Friday night, to the frustration of proprietor Jimmy Gahan.

' It makes me feel very angry,' said Jimmy ( pictured), who is also well known for his reports on local radio. He stressed that the shop opened as usual on Saturday morning despite the raid which took place about an hour after the premises was locked up at the close of business on Friday night.

CCTV footage of the burglary shows a man wearing a balaclava helmet to disguise his face as he set about his criminal business. The culprit battered his way through th e roof at the rear of th e shop building with a stake, breaking slates and wrecking the ceiling, as he clocked up €4,000 worth of damage.

The alarm system was triggered as soon as he touched the floor of the convenience store but he still had time to grab the cigarettes.

Then he made a set of stairs for himself using cartons of beer to complete his exit just before Gardaí arrived at the scene.

It is believed that the burglar was on foot and that the tobacco may be offered for sale in the Enniscorthy area.

Investigators have appealed for witnesses to come forward if they saw anything out of the ordinary in the Esmonde Road / Drumgoold area around 11 p.m. last Friday evening.

Jimmy Gahan praised the quick response of the Gardaí and revealed that it was the first such incident at the service station in ten years. He noted that the alarm system appeared to work well on the night: ' Without the alarm, we would have been cleaned out,' he commented.

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