A GARDA anti-burglary patrol has recovered €50,000 minutes after it was taken in an armed hold-up of a security van.
A lone raider, armed with a handgun, grabbed the bag of money after he threatened a security guard during a cash-in-transit robbery outside a post office in Bawnogue shopping centre, Clondalkin, west Dublin, shortly after 11am yesterday.
The gunman had an accomplice waiting nearby in a blue Hyundai Sante Fe SUV.
As they made their getaway, two uniformed gardai on a routine anti-burglary patrol in the neighbourhood spotted the SUV speeding out of the car park.
The garda patrol followed the SUV for about 2km before the two men abandoned it at Kilmahuddrick and attempted to make their escape on foot.
Gardai pursued them for a short distance and arrested a 37-year-old suspect. The man is well known to gardai in the area. The other suspect escaped.
The suspect was taken to Clondalkin garda station for questioning under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. He can be held without charge for up to three days.
During a search of the '07-registered vehicle, gardai recovered the €50,000 stolen in the hold-up as well as a firearm.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to come forward.