Sunday 22 October 2017

Bungling raiders targeted bank with no money

Fergus Black

TWO bungling thieves wearing women's wigs got short-changed when they staged a raid on a bank yesterday.

Instead of making off with a substantial amount of loot, they had to make do with a petty cash box after discovering the bank in question was not a retail branch and didn't carry cash.

However, undeterred, it appears that the duo struck again two hours later.

Last night, gardai were investigating a possible link between the bungled initial raid in Cavan and a robbery at another bank, in Mullingar, which also involved wig-wearing raiders.

In the first raid, the two men, one armed with what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun, burst into the Cavan branch of ACC bank on the town's main street just before 1pm.

Four staff members and two customers were in the bank at the time and the two startled customers were forced to lie on the floor.

Roaring

"There's a sign on the door saying that there is no money in the bank but they kept on roaring 'where's the money'," a source said yesterday.

One of the raiders then jumped the counter and after a quick search grabbed a petty cash box before walking out of the bank with his colleague.

An ACC spokeswoman said the premises was not a retail branch and ACC had withdrawn cash services from all its locations a year ago.

A garda spokesman said no shots were fired and no one was hurt during the raid.

Two hours later, at around 3pm, two men also carrying a similar weapon and wearing black wigs walked into the National Irish Bank branch in Austin Friar Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, and demanded cash.

There were a couple of customers on the premises at the time and it is understood the raiders got away with less than €4,000.

NIB is in the process of making its network of branches "cashless" but a spokesman could not say if the process had yet been completed in its Mullingar branch.

Both raiders escaped in a hatchback-type car and no one was hurt in the raid.

Irish Independent

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