€50,000 van raiders caught red-handed washing dye off cash
RAIDERS who held up a security van were caught physically laundering the stolen cash in a bath full of water.
Their €50,000 haul was destroyed by a red dye when they attempted to open the cash box after the hold up.
And they were in the act of cleaning the dye from the money when they were caught by gardai.
The gang held up staff from the G4S security firm while their cash-in-transit van was stopped outside Jobstown post office in Tallaght shortly after midday.
One of the raiders, who was armed with a 9mm handgun, threatened a male security guard and put the weapon to his head.
He was ordered to hand over the cash box, which contained €50,000, or he would be shot.
The gunman grabbed the box and was then collected by his accomplices in a stolen car.
The gang made their getaway but gardai from Tallaght were quickly on the scene.
During follow up inquiries they recovered the getaway car, which had been abandoned, off the Kiltipper Road.
The gun used in the robbery was found inside the vehicle.
Gardai established the likely whereabouts of the stolen money and secured a warrant to search a house in the Cloonmore estate.
Armed gardai burst into the house and found four suspects gathered in the bathroom where the money, covered in red dye, had been submerged in water and they were attempting to wash the dye away.
Gardai said later that the dye could not be removed without the aid of a chemical agent.
Money carried in cash-in-transit vans is covered in dye whenever an attempt is made to open a cash box without the necessary authorisation.
Detectives arrested the four suspects -- three men and a woman, all in their mid- to late 20s.
The four were taken to Tallaght and Rathfarnham garda stations where they were being held for questioning last night under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, which allowed officers to detain them without charge for up to three days.
Gardai said the suspects were known to them as alleged members of a local crime outfit, which had been active in the area for some time and been involved in several robberies.
One officer said last night: "This was a good result to our inquiries. We recovered the gun, the money, and the getaway car as well as arresting four suspects and nobody was hurt in the incident."