A MAN who stole a substantial amount of money from an upstairs office at Dore’s restaurant and coffee shop was caught on camera 16 times during the incident.
The popular business on High Street, which has cameras installed has a sign inside the front door ‘Smile You’re On Camera’ informing patrons that they are being recorded for security reasons.
Gardai are currently examining the footage from the alleged incident. Owner Michael Dore said that he was ‘shaken but fine’ following the incident adding that he felt fortunate that it was not more serious. “We believe that he had a knife concealed so we are counting our blessings that there was no confrontation,” he said.
The incident started at 3.50pm on Saturday afternoon, a busy time for business, when the man believed to be in his forties entered the premises. “He spent around 20 minutes casing the place and thenre stole a quantity of cash, mainly wages from an upstairs office. We have 16 different images as well as footage from the shop next door so we are hopeful that he will be identified. He didn’t purchase anything and the staff actually thanked him when he was leaving. We had no idea what was going on until a member of staff went to collect a wage packet after he left and realised that the money was gone.
“From the footage it looks as if he was carrying knives in a belt around his foot. We are very lucky that no one was injured. I think he He kept the knives on him during the theft and then discarded them. One member went up to the office on four separate occasions that afternoon. We are just thankful that there was no encounter with him and he was not disturbed. He also went to the toilet to conceal the stolen money on his person as he had no bag,” he said. Mr Dore found two knives discarded in a bathroom following the incident and gardai are investigating whether or not they belonged to the culprit.
Mr Dore, who has a digital CCTV camera system installed in the premises urged other businesses to follow in his footsteps. “If we didnt have the footage it would have been far more difficult. We could all get smarter when it comes to security,” he added.
Gardai in Kilkenny are continuing to investigate the incident.