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Cuddihy's Daybreak shop in Ovens. Picv: Cuddihy's Facebook.
Cuddihy's Daybreak shop in Ovens. Picv: Cuddihy's Facebook.
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Shop owner speaks out after armed robbery

A SHOP owner has said staff members are "shaken" but overwhelmed by public support following an armed robbery at the store involving a meat cleaver.

Cuddihy’s Daybreak shop in Ovens, which was the subject of an armed robbery last night, reopened this afternoon following a forensic analysis by Gardaí.

Speaking to The Echo, the shop owner Sarah Cuddihy said both she and her staff are very happy that no one had been hurt in the incident.

At 8pm on Sunday, two men, one thought to have been armed with a meat cleaver, entered the Daybreak shop in Ovens.

The pair stole a quantity of cash along with cigarettes and other items.

There were two members of staff working at the time and thankfully, no one was injured.

Ms Cuddihy said that the two staff members, that had been involved were shaken, but were happy to continue working and are looking forward to putting the incident behind them.

“They are of course shaken, as anyone would be,” Sarah said.

The shop was then closed overnight as Gardaí carried out a forensic analysis of the shop to gather evidence for their investigation.

The forensic unit was in the shop on Monday, gathering evidence and the shop was cleared to reopen at 9am.

Posting on their Facebook page, the Cuddihy’s said they were back open for trading that morning.

The shop owners said they were “completely overwhelmed” by the kind words and best wishes they received overnight and thanked everyone who had reached out.

Owner of the shop Sarah Cuddihy said she was very happy that no one had been injured in the incident and she also said she thought it was a very unusual thing to happen in the area which was very quiet.

No arrests have yet been made, but Gardaí have said they are pursuing the incident and investigations are ongoing.