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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Exploding glue used in cash boxes to prevent robberies

KEN FOY, CRIME CORRESPONDENT

Published 27/03/2014 | 08:37

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Security companies are using exploding glue, which mixes with dye, in cash boxes in an attempt to foil ruthless cash-in-transit robberies, the Herald can reveal.

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Already this year the glue technology has led to significant hauls stolen in two cash-in-transit robberies being completely destroyed after armed raiders held up money vans.

A senior source explained: "When the dye and the glue mix together it destroys the cash and obviously this is a far better system than just dye being in the cash boxes."

The revelation comes as gardai in Tallaght continue to question four suspects, aged between 32 and 35, about a cash-in-transit robbery at Croughs pub in Fortunestown Way on October 21 last.

Three of the suspects are male while a 33-year-old woman was also arrested. She is being questioned for withholding information.

Sources say gardai have built a clear picture of the events of the day, but that securing charges against the gang, who are suspected of similar robberies in the Tallaght area over the past two years, may be prove to be more difficult.

The Herald previously revealed that the gang ran two kilometres and jumped a dozen walls as they carried the heavy cashbox away from the pub.

Gardai have still not established if the gang are the same crew who got away with just over ¿200 in a cash-in-transit robbery in Tallaght only last week.

Meanwhile, sources have revealed that in the two biggest cash-in-transit robberies of the year so far, criminals were left empty-handed when the cash they stole was destroyed by exploding glue.

One of the robberies happened in January on Dublin's South Circular Road, in which ¿30,000 was taken at a Tesco Express. And last month at the EBS in Leixlip, Co Kildare, some ¿15,000 was stolen.

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