Timothy’s staff thought man with hammer was ‘joking’

Terrified staff members at Timothy’s Londis in Roscommon town thought a hammer-wielding man was joking at first when he demanded money from a cash register on Wednesday evening, April 12th.

CCTV footage of the incident has been circulating since the attempted robbery took place just after 8.15 pm on the evening in question.

It shows a man in a grey tracksuit and black runners and wearing a hood and face covering entering the shop with a hammer in his hand. He approaches two staff members in a threatening manner before appearing to strike the counter top with the hammer.

The footage shows the man making his way around the tills, where one staff member can be seen making a phone call before he leaves the premises.

One of the women caught up in the incident said at first staff thought the assailant was joking with them.

“He just came in and asked us to open up the till and give him money. We thought it was a joke and then when he hit the counter with the hammer we knew it wasn’t. We were terrified,” she said.

As the man made his way around the counter, the staff member made the brave decision to call the local Garda station.

“I just said that I was phoning the guards…looking back, it probably wasn’t the best thing to say to him!

“When he heard the Garda station on the other end of the phone he just left,” she said.

The harrowing ordeal was caught on the shop’s CCTV system and will be used by Gardaí in their investigations, which are ongoing.