Thug broke car window to grab bag with ¤1,500
A WOMAN was robbed after she left a Dublin post office with €1,500 she had withdrawn to buy Christmas presents.
Gardai are investigating the smash-and-grab in which the woman's handbag was stolen.
The mum from the Dublin 15 area took out the cash from the post office in Hartstown Shopping Centre yesterday.
As she got into her car, a ruthless thug smashed the passenger-side window and stole her handbag.
The woman, who wasn't injured, was distraught after the incident which happened around midday.
Sinn Fein representative for the area Paul Donnelly told the Herald that it was a frightening and cruelly opportunistic crime.
"The woman was in the post office and had taken out a large amount of cash," he said.
"She put the bag on the seat beside her and the window was smashed and her bag stolen.
"It is the shock, the absolute shock of it, that something like that could happen.
"It is just horrendous."
He said it was possible that the thief had been watching the withdrawal of cash and targeted her car.
"The post office is quite open; it is attached to a supermarket," he said.
"It would be quite easy to look in on someone standing behind her."
Mr Donnelly said that there was every hope of catching the culprits, but asked locals to be extra-aware and to report any suspicious activity to gardai.
"There is a CCTV camera just above where it happened, so the police will have got a very good view of it.
"It is a very busy spot, just beside the SuperValu, the bookies and a chemist.
"I would be fairly confident that the individual would be caught."
Gardai in Blanchardstown said that they were investigating a theft from a car parked in the car park of Hartstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15
"The incident occurred between 12.15pm and 1pm today December 21," a representative said.
"The passenger window was smashed and an amount of cash was taken from the car."