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Thursday 8 December 2016

Moment knife-wielding thieves attack security man for cash box

CCTV images of the vicious knife robbery of a security man at the An Post office in
Bluebell
CCTV images of the vicious knife robbery of a security man at the An Post office in Bluebell
CCTV images of the vicious knife robbery of a security man at the An Post office in Bluebell

This is the moment a vicious gang threatened a security man at knifepoint and attacked him before escaping with a cash box.

The incident happened outside the Post office in Bluebell on Thursday at 3.35pm.

These CCTV images show the sequence of events, lasting less than 10 seconds, when the security guard got out of the van and went to the back doors after it was parked outside the post office.

As he walked with the cash box towards the office, two men ran at him from around the corner.

At first he didn't notice them but then he turned and crouched as they launched an attack on him.

One raider in dark grey tracksuit bottoms was seen brandishing a knife as his accomplice grabbed the security man and shoved him to the ground.

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The security man put the cash box down at the side of path and the raider with the knife grabbed it.

The two thugs then ran from the scene back to a waiting stolen car.

Gardai said the pair escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a grey VW Golf, with an 07 D registration, which was waiting on Bluebell Avenue and being driven by a third man.

It was recovered by gardai close to the scene a short time later.

As part of the investigation, a car was stopped on Francis Street at midnight on Thursday by gardai.

"The car and driver were searched and a sum of money was discovered. A 19-year-old male was arrested and detained at Kevin Street Garda Station," said a garda spokesman.

The first suspect is described as being male, 5'7" in height and of thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood pulled up. A chequered scarf covered his face.

Shaken

The second man is described as being 5'9" in height and also of thin build. He also wore a dark-coloured hooded top and had his face covered.

Both men spoke with Dublin accents and looked to be in their early to mid 20s.

The security man was said to be badly shaken by the ordeal but otherwise uninjured.

After the raid he could be seen frantically waving towards a support vehicle.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Kilmainham Garda Station on 01 6669700 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

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