Saturday 25 October 2014

Bank robbers who shot at gardai dropped cash haul as they made getaway

Published 07/02/2014 | 15:13

The Ulster Bank in Enniscorthy. Photo: Google Street View

A gang who fired a shot at gardai during a raid on a bank this morning may have escaped virtually empty handed, it is believed.

Male and female officers were responding to an alarm at 3.30am when at least one shot from a handgun was fired at them.

The unarmed uniformed officers, who are aged in their 30s, were in their marked patrol car when the shot was fired. The bullet missed their vehicle and they were uninjured.

A source told The Herald: “They were very lucky – this was an extremely reckless act.

“The officers were responding after getting reports of a loud bang.”

The drama unfolded at the Ulster Bank on Rafter Street in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Gardai are probing whether the three-man gang used an explosive device to blow the ATM before entering the bank by smashing its front door.

Glass from the front door of the bank covered the street this morning as forensic experts examined the scene.

It is understood that the raiders gained access to a safe at the back of an ATM at the bank.

fled

However, they left behind a large sum of money which was found inside the bank and a large sum was also discarded by the criminals outside when they were confronted by gardai.

The raiders fled in a black high-powered estate car in the direction of New Ross.

Staff from businesses on Rafter Street arrived at work to find the crime scene.

“It'd be a quiet part of the town, and there wouldn't normally be too much happening around here,” one man said.

No arrests have been made.

Ken Foy and Emma Jane Hade

hnews@herald.ie

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