€100,000 stolen in two raids
ARMED robbers escaped with about €100,000 yesterday in two separate raids targeting transit security workers for cash.
The first robbery unfolded about 8.30am when two men armed with sawn-off shotguns held up two security men in a cash-in-transit van as they were loading an ATM in the village of Ratoath, Co Meath.
But it is understood the raiders' luck ran out seconds after they grabbed a cash box containing about €70,000 when the robbers and cash were hit by spoiling spray triggered a short distance from the security van.
It is believed the raiders escaped in a white Peugeot Partner van. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
More than five hours later a security man working for a cash-in-transit company was collecting cash from a Eurospar at the Century Business Park in Meakstown in Finglas, Dublin, when he was held up in a second raid.
Two men, one armed with a crowbar, threatened the security worker and grabbed a cash box containing about €30,000.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to either incident to contact them.