Well known Portarlington politician Cllr Ray Cribbin was left badly shaken last week after being robbed at knifepoint on Main Street in a terrifying ordeal last week.
Speaking to the Leinster Express, the Fianna Fail councillor said he was glad he was still around to talk about the theft, which happened as he was walking to work at DNG Auctioneers at 6.35am on Thursday, December 15.
“I was going down the street and he was coming up. We were about to pass and he drew a knife on me and threatened me. He started searching all my pockets, and took my money,” Cllr Cribbin told the Leinster Express, recalling that the blade of the knife was five or six inches long.
“I suppose I was so noticable, because I was bringing down a couple of presents to give to people. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
The thief made off with a small amount of cash and the gifts, and turned down by the Centra supermarket, and Cllr Cribbin immmediately called Port Gardaí.
“I watched where he went, and called the guards, they were here with five minutes,” he said.
The man who is known to the Gardaí was later arrested and was due appear on a charge of robbery in Portlaoise Court. It is understood he was detained as part of a major operation in the town on the same morning.
“It’s the first time that’s happened on the main street in Portarlington, I’m just glad to be able to talk about it,” said Cllr Cribbin, who hoped the incident was a one-off in his town, and was looking forward to a quieter Christmas.
A timely warning has been issued by the National Crime Victims Helpline about the dangers of burglary over Christmas.
People are being asked to be particularly cautious about carrying large sums of cash, or having cash in the home.
The free phone helpline service offers support and advice to victims of crime. It will stay operating throughout Christmas, from 2pm to 4pm from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. Call 116 006 or text 085 1337711.