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Dublin men charged over 'old man masks' ATM raid in North

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'Two security guards had been held-up by two men with "southern" accents wearing "old man masks" and "brandishing a silver handgun".' (stock photo)

'Two security guards had been held-up by two men with "southern" accents wearing "old man masks" and "brandishing a silver handgun".' (stock photo)

'Two security guards had been held-up by two men with "southern" accents wearing "old man masks" and "brandishing a silver handgun".' (stock photo)

Robbers wearing "old man masks" made off with cash in an armed robbery as an ATM was being refilled from a cash-in-transit van in Greysteel in Derry on Saturday afternoon, a court has heard.

Dublin men Alan Carroll (37), of Island Key, and Darren Redmond (24), of Caledon Road, both in the East Wall area, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court yesterday.

They are both charged with robbing a security firm of money and possessing a firearm with intent to commit robbery on March 16.

Mr Carroll is also accused of using a mobile phone while driving, as well as driving without insurance or MOT in the Foyle Bridge area of Derry.

Mr Redmond is accused of possessing cannabis.

Both men appeared in the dock in handcuffs.

A PSNI officer said police received a report from G4S around noon on Saturday that one of its security vans had been robbed at gunpoint in Greysteel.

Two security guards had been held-up by two men with "southern" accents wearing "old man masks" and "brandishing a silver handgun".

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The police officer said the two security guards were refilling an ATM when one of the guards was pushed inside the ATM facility and "a gun held to the head" of the other guard.

An attempt was made to take money from the ATM and when told it was on a timer, one of the raiders demanded that a guard opened a security box he had brought in from the van and money was then taken.

Cash was placed in a black holdall and the robbers ran off.

The officer said police identified a RAV4 SUV-type vehicle with a missing spare wheel and a description was circulated.

Police lost it for a time and believed it had gone into the Nelson Drive area of Derry.

She said the vehicle re-emerged and was then stopped at Foyle Bridge and the two occupants were the defendants, with Mr Carroll at the wheel.

The court heard Mr Carroll claimed to have bought the vehicle a few days earlier in England.

The officer said neither man gave any explanation as to why they were in the North and police believed the RAV4 crossed the Border at Aughnacloy the previous day.

The officer said CCTV showed a RAV4 passing the Greysteel shop a short time before the robbery and CCTV from the van showed the two raiders were of similar build to the defendants.

She said police believed the raiders went to an unknown location and disposed of the gun, masks and money.

Defence lawyers said no items in relation to the robbery were found on the defendants and there was nothing placing the alleged robbers getting into the vehicle the accused were in.

Judge Nigel Broderick refused bail for Mr Carroll.

Mr Redmond's case was adjourned to this Thursday in Ballymena, when a bail application is expected, and Mr Carroll's case was adjourned to Coleraine Magistrates' Court next week.


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