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Tuesday 12 December 2017

CCTV clue in hunt for cafe raider who made violent threats to staff

GARDAI are appealing for information about the identity of this man who was caught on CCTV robbing from a cash till after threatening staff in a city centre cafe.

The daylight incident unfolded on the afternoon of January 21 last when the man -- who spoke with a Dublin accent - entered the premises on Dawson Street in Dublin's south city.

It is understood that the suspect -- who is believed to be aged in his late 30s -- was not armed during the incident which left staff members extremely traumatised.

CCTV images show the suspect looking into the window of the cafe before he enters the business and then helping himself to cash from the till.



Violence

A source explained: "This man used threats of violence against staff so that he could get access to the till.

"This was not the most well-planned crime or anything like that and the suspect's actions show a certain measure of desperation.

"He must have known that the crime would be caught on camera but he did not seem to care.

"A sum of around a couple of hundred euro was stolen in the incident and it was very traumatic for the staff.

"The man spoke with a strong Dublin accent but gardai have still not been able to locate him."

This type of robbery has increased this year in Dublin city centre with provisional figures indicating a 32pc rise on the same period last year.

Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station at 01 666 9000, the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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