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Dublin pub appeal for information on 'barrel burglars' caught on CCTV

"Clearly they are well organised and extremely intelligent (they brought a trolley). They might act again so lock up your barrels"
The barrel burglars were caught on camera

The barrel burglars were caught on camera

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A suburban pub has issued an appeal for information on these two “criminal masterminds” who were spotted on camera stealing a heavy Teeling Whiskey barrel from outside the premises.

The Bottle Tower - Beer & Food Co posted the CCTV footage on their Facebook page which caught the pair of ‘Barrel Burglars’ in the act as they made off with the barrel.

The pair, believed to be a man and a woman, can be seen approaching the popular boozer where they roll the heavy barrel along the ground. They then appear on another camera with the barrel in a shopping trolley as they make their getaway.

Unfortunately for them, they didn't realise the security camera captured everything and now the pub has issued an appeal for information regarding the theft.

"We would love some or any information on these two criminal masterminds. If you seen these two pushing a @teeling_whiskey barrel with a brown top at 1.30am early Sunday morning please let us know’, the post reads.

"Clearly they are well organised and extremely intelligent (they brought a trolley). They might act again so lock up your barrels.

"They are local to the area so someone knows them. Please DM any info or tips you may have."

The post adds: "It’s a tough start to 2021 we are closed and now we have to deal with The Barrel Burglars. Barrel 1 & 2 are devastated Barrel 3 is gone."

The post, which is accompanied by some Benny Hill theme music, asks fans to share the appeal.

Speaking to sundayworld.com, one of the managers said he had been driving past the premises when he noticed one of the barrels was missing.

“I thought to myself, ‘Was there not three barrels out there?(sic)’ before realising that one of them was missing. So sure enough, when I went in the next day to check the cameras, there was the two characters wheeling away one of the barrels.

“They've got to be a couple of locals because they came ready with a trolley to load the barrel into. These barrels are not easy to manoeuvre, they're quite heavy, and this one had a brown top secured onto it so people could put their pints on it in the good old eyes.

“We really just want our barrel back,” he added. “If we get it back the matter will go no further.”

The manager added that like other establishments across the country they felt the pain of the rolling lockdowns.

“But we live to fight another day and we can't wait to get back to serving pints to our customers while showing the sports on the big screens.”

According to their Facebook page, The Bottle Tower is a popular local pub which has been a cornerstone of the Churchtown area for generations.

While its name hails from the local landmark built in 1742, the pub was established much later in 1962 by the Finnegan family and has served the community for decades.

The pub stands proudly on the corner of Churchtown road and Beaumont Ave and is often used as a point of reference for those passing through the Southside of the city.

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