Gardaí in Dunshaughlin Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a house on the Main Dunshaughlin Road on the outskirts of the village on the night of 17 February 2021.
On the night in question at approximately 19:45 an elderly couple were in their sitting room watching television when they both heard a loud bang outside their back door. Their home is a large detached two storey house on the outskirts of Dunshaughlin village.
On hearing the loud noise the couple went to investigate and noticed that their ladder, which had originally been in the garden shed, was lying on the ground. While investigating how this came to be, they were rushed by four males who pushed them back into the house and shouted at them aggressively. All four males appeared to be armed with nail bars. The smallest of the males was carrying two bottles of bleach and a bottle of disinfectant spray.
One of the males detained the injured parties and was abusive and threatening throughout the incident and was armed with a nail bar. He searched the pockets of one of the injured parties. The other 3 males searched the house and on returning from upstairs, they searched the other injured party’s handbag and stole a quantity of cash from within. Both injured parties were then ordered upstairs, one of them being struck on the back with a nail bar for moving too slow. The injured party’s engagement ring was forced from her finger with what is believed to be a knife.
One of the suspects then drew the curtains and smashed the locks and handles on the windows. He also pushed the bed in front of the window to block access to same. Blue bleach was poured on various items in the bedroom and on various items throughout the house. The injured party’s then watched from their bedroom window as the culprits made their escape towards Dunshaughlin Village in a car which had been parked in their driveway which is described as a small black 5 door vehicle (CCTV has since been canvassed in the area and has captured a dark coloured VW Golf in the area during the time of the incident).
The injured party’s called out the window to passers-by who freed them and alerted the Gardai. CCTV footage suggests that the Donnelly’s ordeal lasted approximately 18 minutes.
One of the injured party’s suffered bruises on his lower back and left arm.
The second injured party suffered bruises on her shoulders and a cut to her engagement ring finger.
Description of Suspects
Suspect 1 – Male, Thin build, 6ft or taller, wearing all black tight clothing including a balaclava (only eyes were visible) and black runners, Irish accent, blue disposable gloves and was wielding a nail bar.
Suspect 2 – Male, Thin build, tall, wearing all black tight clothing including a balaclava (only eyes were visible) and black runners, blue disposable gloves and was wielding a nail bar.
Suspect 3 – Male, Thin build, tall, wearing all black tight clothing including a balaclava (only eyes were visible) and black runners, blue disposable gloves and was wielding a nail bar.
Suspect 4 – Male, Thin build, smaller than the other 3 raiders, wearing all black tight clothing including a balaclava (only eyes were visible) and black runners, blue disposable gloves and was wielding a nail bar, 2 bottles of bleach and a bottle of disinfectant spray.
The above suspect’s attire is described as being identical to each other and akin to a uniform.
Suspect 5 – Driver of vehicle – Male, thin build, blonde hair, approximately 20 – 29 years old.
- Sapphire engagement ring (Princess Diana replica)
- Gucci watch with interchangeable faces
- 9ct gold keeper ring
- 9ct heavy curb link bracelet (No picture available)
- €300- €500 in cash.
- Anyone who was present at Main St, Dunshaughlin on 17/2/2021 between 7:30pm and 8:15pm that noticed anything suspicious particularly at the Dublin side of the village and whom Gardaí have not spoken to
- Anyone who noticed the dark coloured VW Golf shown in the CCTV between 7:30pm and 8:15pm that entered Dunshaughlin village from the Navan direction and left in the same direction
- Anyone who may have CCTV /dashcam footage and has not yet spoken to An Garda Síochana
- Anyone who may have been offered the jewellery for sale etc. The engagement ring in particular is a very distinctive piece modelled on the Princess Diana engagement ring to contact An Garda Síochana.
- Anyone with any information that may assist An Garda Síochana in the investigation of this serious crime to contact An Garda Síochana at Ashbourne or confidential line
Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station investigating Tel: 01-8010600
Gardaí at Bishopstown Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred at a service station in Bishopstown on Sunday 1 March 2021 between 3.30 – 3.50am.
On the night in question two males were seen in a yard adjoining the premises. One of the suspects is seen climbing over a fence that boarders the yard and walking around the service station. He then returns to the yard and around fifty minutes later at approx. 3.37am the climbs back over the fence at the rear of the service station. He climbs up onto the roof of the service station and gains entry to the premises by forcing open an upstairs window. He is then caught on internal CCTV walking down corridors and entering private areas.
At approx 3.46am a female staff member who was working the night shift made her way upstairs and discovered the suspect. On discovering the suspect she immediately turned around and ran outside to her car. Once in her car she called Gardaí and drove a short distance away to wait for their arrival.
Meanwhile the suspect is still upstairs in the service station. He enters an office where he is seen forcing open drawers that contained cash boxes and trays of money. He fills his pockets and then leaves the premises through a downstairs exit. He returns to the second suspect who was waiting in the yard the whole time and the two men disappear into the yard.
At 3.54am Gardaí arrive along with the member of staff who previously left the scene.
Suspect 1 description:
- - Tall with a strong, slim build
- - Black tracksuit bottom, jacket and runners
- - Black ski mask pulled over face
- - Holding a blue crow bar
- Gardaí are looking to speak to anyone who was in the Bandon Road/Wilton area between 2am and 4am on the 1st March 2021 and saw anything or anyone suspicious to contact Togher Garda Station on 021-4947120
- Gardaí are looking to speak to anyone with Dashcam footage from the night in question that may have been in the area between 2am and 4am to contact them.
- Anyone who may have used the night hatch at O’Brien’s Amber on the night in question for purchasing fuel/items and saw anything unusual are being asked to contact Gardaí
- Any business that sold a blue crow bar similar to one used by the intruder in the week leading up to the burglary is asked to contact Gardaí
- Anyone who may recognise to intruder who ransacked the office in O’Brien’s Amber or know anything about the incident
Gardaí at Bishopstown Garda Station are investigating tel: (021) 462 4500
On this month’s Crimecall Sergeant Graham Kavanagh highlighted the problem of sheep worrying incidents, with around 400 such worrying incidents occurring annually during lambing season, (January to late April). These incidents result in the death of some 3000 to 4000 sheep. These incidents cause financial loss to the farming community as well as distress to those involved.
Crimecall went on patrol to the Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth, to spend the day with sheep farmer Ciaran Sheelan who has a sheep farm with 80 ewes which he rears with his father. He talked about the impact that sheep attacks have had on his farm and what the public can do to help prevent this from happening.
We also interviewed Local Dog Warden Padraig McKeown on recent attacks in the area and Sean Dennehy of the IFA who highlighted the issues farmers face every year when their livestock is attacked by dogs. He also highlighted the IFA’s new campaign 'No Dogs Allowed' which farmers are adapting in an effort to prevent these attacks from occurring.
Sergeant Kavanagh’s key message focused on dog owner’s legal obligation under the control of dogs act, to obtain a dog licence, to act responsibly, keep their dog under effective control, know its whereabouts at all times, and the need to have their dog microchipped.
Sergeant Kavanaghs final message was in relation to dog theft, which is a worry for many dog owners, but how by taking some steps this type of crime can be prevented.
He sought to reassure the public that although these incidents get a lot of media coverage when they occur there has not been a surge in the number of incidents and offered the following preventive advice.
- Microchip and Register your dog
- Regularly check home and perimeter security
- Consider installing CCTV around your property
- Report suspicious vehicles/behaviour to Gardaí
- Join a Neighbourhood Watch / Community Alert Scheme
- Use Community Text Alert scheme to inform neighbours.
Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at Ardee Street, Dublin 8, on the 19 February 2021 at around 6pm.
During the incident several knocks were received to the door of the premises. On opening the door a firearm was produced and pointed at the female victim. A demand was made for cash and the victim was made lie on the floor. A sum of cash was taken and the suspect left in the direction of St. Lukes Avenue. Gardaí believe that the suspect arrive to the scene from the same direction.
The suspect is described as being around 5’8’’ in height, with a thin build, pale blue eyes and discoloured / stained teeth.
He spoke with a Dublin accent and was wearing a grey beanie hat, baggy black jacket, blue jeans and black runners.
Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 9400
Gardaí in Enfield Garda Station are investigating a robbery that took place at Enfield Leisure Park, Canal Road, Enfield at around 12 noon on 3rd November 2020.
During the course of this incident, the injured party was taking pictures when she was pushed onto the ground from behind by two men. She had her camera bag around her shoulder and the camera was around her neck. The two men managed to get the camera bag but failed to get her camera.
Description of Suspect
In addition to the evofit, the first suspect is described as follows:
- - 30 years old
- - Black / dark brown hair
- - Slim build
- - Lighter coloured blue / green eyes
- - Very dark eyebrows which stood out making his eyes appear narrower looking
- - Clear skin with reddish cheeks.
There is no evofit for the second suspect but he is described as follows:
- - Red bomber jacket
- - Baggy bootcut blue jeans
- - Dark mustard hoodie and he wore the hood up
Gardaí at Enfield Garda Station are investigating tel: (046) 954 1002
Gardaí from Clondalkin are investigating the murder of John Cunningham who was 26 years old when he was seriously assaulted with a snooker cue and knife, by a group of men at the junction of the New Nangor Road and the Fonthill Road, Clondalkin on the 4 November 2005. John Cunningham later died in hospital on 6th November 2005 as a result of his injuries.
John Cunningham was married to Mary and they had two children with a third child on the way.
Gardaí have been investigating Johns murder since 2005 and over 200 witness statements have been taken to date.
- With advances in forensic science, Gardaí believe they are close to solving this case; but need the public’s help to ultimately do that. This murder featured on Crimecall in April 2006 and we got a great response. We are hoping for that again tonight and we are keen to speak to anyone with information in relation to this crime.
- It is hoped that people who may once have had loyalties that prevented them coming forward initially, can do so now due to a change in circumstances over the past 15 years.
- Gardaí are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who, at any time over the years, was confided in by those responsible for John’s death, or anyone who may have heard someone speaking about their involvement in the attack, even in a social setting.
Gardaí at Clondalkin Garda station are investigating tel: 01-6667600
Gardaí at Blackrock Garda station are investigating a robbery that occurred on Sunday 14th February 2021 at approximately 9.40am (this was Valentine’s Day when there was rain in the morning).
Circumstances - Male shop assistant had a firearm pointed at him and was forced to open the cash tills. A second female shop assistant arrived from the rear of the shop and she also had the firearm pointed at her as she went behind the store counter and began emptying the cash drawer.
The male assistant had the firearm pointed at him for a second occasion and further demands were made for cash. The suspect then left the store passing another customer at the door entrance. This male then ran in the direction of Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock.
Description of suspect - Male, 5 6” to 5 7” in height, 25 to 35 years old, skinny/thin build, long face, blue eyes and spoke with a Dublin accent. Male was wearing black hooded padded jacket, black bottoms, black runners with white rim on bottom and sole, black hat and scarf / balaclava under his hood and black gloves.
Firearm Used – black metal handgun which the suspected offender loaded / racked whilst pointing it at the shop assistant.
Vehicle of Interest – black Mercedes C-Class, possibly a 08/09 registration. This car is black in colour with chrome rim around windows.
- Were you at Carysfort Ave, Brookfield Terrace, or Avoca Ave prior to 9.30am and or at 9.45am approx? Did you see any other persons who may be of assistance to investigators?
- Did you see a black Mercedes C-class or its occupant(s) immediately prior to or during the robbery?
- Did you see a male customer, (person of interest), who made a purchase at the shop at 9.15am approx.? Did you see him walk to or from the shop?
- Do you have any knowledge of this crime that may assist the investigation or in relation to those responsible?
Garda at Blackrock Station investigating Tel: 01-6665200
On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to discuss motorcycle safety. He offered the following advice to motorcyclists in relation to returning to the roads for the summer months ahead:
- Getting the bike road-ready after having been parked up for months.
- Doing necessary checks (chain, oil, brakes, lights) which may require the expertise of a mechanic.
- Helmet safety standards (what ‘mark of approval’ to look for when buying a good quality helmet).
- Getting yourself ‘road-ready’ when returning to biking. It is important to ease yourself back in gently.
- Protective gear such as long sleeves and proper footwear which motorcyclists need to wear at all times.
While statistically the danger times are at weekends and Sunday, motorcyclists should exercise caution and slow down at all times.