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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Getaway car searched for clues as €40,000 raid cash recovered

Valerie Loftus and Tom Brady

Published 19/07/2013 | 05:00

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Gardai search wasteland behind Cara Park, Coolock, where the getaway car was abandoned yesterday
The scene of the robbery in Clarehall

TWO cash-in-transit raiders are on the run after gardai seized their getaway car.

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Officers found the vehicle shortly after the suspects made off with €40,000 from a security van delivering cash to a bank.

The raiders failed to burn out their Toyota Yaris car and last night gardai were hoping that forensic tests on the vehicle would yield clues to the identity of the raiders.

One of the men produced an imitation firearm and threatened the security van staff as they were about to take a cash box into the Clarehall branch of the Ulster Bank on the northside of Dublin shortly before 11am yesterday.

ACCOMPLICE

The man grabbed the box and made off with his accomplice in the Yaris as gardai were alerted.

During a search of the area, a garda patrol found the Yaris abandoned at nearby Cara Park in Coolock. A garda spokesman later confirmed the cash box and a substantial sum of money were recovered during searches in the Moatview area of Priorswood, near Coolock.

It is understood that around €40,000 was recovered.

Gardai have appealed to anybody who spotted men acting suspiciously in the Clarehall or Cara Park areas between 10am and 11am to contact them.

Meanwhile, local councillors last night clashed on whether the level of garda resources was a factor. Cllr Tom Brabazon claimed that the raiders had taken advantage of stretched garda resources.

But Cllr Brian McDowell said people should not be discouraged from shopping in the area, adding there were "more gardai on the beat than ever before".

Irish Independent

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