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Friday 24 November 2017

Gun raiders flee with e46k haul in new cash van heist

Gardai are investigating the armed robbery of €11,000 in cash and €35,000 in cheques from a cash-in-transit van in Finglas.

A security guard was threatened by a masked man armed with a firearm in the broad daylight raid.

The incident happened just before 4pm last Wednesday at Seamus Ennis Road.

Gardai say that a security van was parked at a credit union in the area when a VW Passat pulled up and a suspect jumped out of the car and threatened a security employee who was carrying a cash box.

The suspect took the cash box, jumped back into the car which then the car fled the scene at speed.

No one was injured in the incident and no suspects have been identified so far.

The Finglas raid was the third cash-in-transit robbery last week, with gardai fearing an upsurge in this type of crime this year.



Shotgun

Last Tuesday, a four-man gang was involved in an armed raid cash-in-transit security van in Co Louth.

Four men are understood to have been involved in the raid at Drogheda Industrial Estate.

Two men approached the van driver and threatened him with what appeared to be a shotgun shortly after 11am.

A cash box with an undisclosed sum of money was taken by the men, who drove off from the robbery in a red car with a 97 D registration, gardai said.

The car was discovered a short time later at the Knightswood Estate just outside Drogheda.

And in Co Cork on Wednesday afternoon, at roughly the same time that the Finglas raid happened, three armed and masked raiders escaped with over €100,000 after holding up a cash delivery van.

The raid occurred shortly after 4.20pm as the Group 4 Securicor van was making a delivery to a cash machine by a busy Maxol filling station on Carr's Hill in Carrigaline.

The three robbers, a driver and two other men, pulled up in a black Saab fitted with false number plates.

The two men followed the cash-in-transit staff into the building that housed the ATM and threatened them.

The three then made off with the huge cash haul in the direction of Cork city.



Shock

The car was later found burnt out near Ballinora GAA club, which is near Waterfall.

The two security employees were left unhurt but in shock.

Armed regional support gardaí were drafted in to help comb the area for the culprits.

Another security van had to be brought in to remove other contents from the van which was robbed so that it could be forensically examined.

There have been no arrests in any of these cases so far.

Meanwhile, two gardai were taken to hospital on Wednesday after their patrol car crashed.

They were escorting a cash-in-transit van when their car left the road and hit a ditch at Kiltartan, near Gort, Co Galway.

No other vehicle was involved and both men were brought to Galway University Hospital.

kfoy@herald.ie

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