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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Masked men steal cashbox in armed raid

The scene of the bank robbery in Skerries. Photo: Arthur Carron
The scene of the bank robbery in Skerries. Photo: Arthur Carron

Masked men armed with a gun robbed a cash-in-transit van in north Dublin yesterday afternoon before fleeing the scene in a Mini.

The robbery happened outside AIB Bank on Church Road in Skerries at around 4pm.

Two masked men, one with a suspected firearm, threatened staff before fleeing with the cashbox, gardai confirmed.

They sped from the scene in a blue Mini Cooper car.

The getaway vehicle was found burned out a short time later in Kelly's Lane, Maynooth.

A garda spokesman said: "There were no reports of any injuries during the raid and investigations are ongoing."

No arrests have been made so far and gardai are depending on the public to help them with their investigation.

Shock

A worker in The Black Raven pub on Church Road told the Herald it was a "big shock" when he found out what happened.

"I didn't see or hear the robbery taking place but once I was told what had happened it was a big shock," said the worker.

"We have heard that it was done very quickly and there were a lot of guards on the scene afterwards."

Balbriggan councillor Grainne Maguire said that she heard gardai race to the scene from her home.

"I didn't see anything but I certainly heard a lot of garda cars rush to the scene earlier in the afternoon," she said.

"It's a very bizarre incident to have taken place but thank God nobody was hurt."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Balbriggan Garda Station 01 8020510 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Another business was targeted in the seaside town last October, when popular ice-cream shop Storm In A Teacup was broken into and vandalised.

It was the second time the business was targeted in the calendar year.

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