Sunday 20 April 2014

Two armed men steal €15k from pub in early morning raid

TWO armed men stole €15,000 during a daring morning raid from a busy pub.

Gardai are hunting for the pair who targeted the Cappagh Nua pub in Finglas, Dublin yesterday morning.

The raiders entered the premises at 10.45am.

It is understood that the pub manager was about to take the weekend takings from the business to a nearby bank when one of the culprits approached him from behind.

He was forced to hand over a large sum of cash – understood to be in the region of €15,000 – to the raiders.

The incident occurred in a short space of time and the manager was not able to identify who the raiders.

Gardai believe the two men were armed with a “weapon of some specification”.

They fled from the pub in a waiting car. Nobody was injured during the robbery.

Investigating officers were also searching for the getaway car throughout yesterday.

It is understood that the northside pub was very busy over the weekend with families and friends enjoying Christmas festivities.

A source said: “Thankfully nobody was hurt during this episode however it shows the importance of being vigilant when handling money.

“These type of incidents have been happening so often around Dublin this year, there is a lot of opportunistic criminals out there.”

The pub, which has changed its name a number times over the last few years, has been the scene of several crimes in the past.

In February 2012 Alan McNally (36) was shot dead in the pub when a gun man entered the premises at 1am firing six bullets at the victim's head.

McNally, a father-of-three, had only been released from prison after serving five and a half years for the possession of €200,000 of heroin when he was fatally shot.

Another shooting took place in the car-park of the Cappagh Nua in 2010 when a man was standing outside the pub and a car drove up beside him.

The 40-year-old man was shot a number of times in the chest by a man in the passenger seat of the car and later taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Investigations into the raid are ongoing.

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