A SECURITY worker had a shotgun pointed at his head in a cash-in-transit robbery.
Gardai are hunting the armed gang that made off with as much as €15,000 after holding up the security guard collecting the weekend takings from a pub in Dublin.
At least two raiders were involved in the robbery, which took place at lunchtime yesterday outside the pub at Old Bawn Road in Tallaght on the southside of the city.
The raiders, armed with a shotgun and a hammer, attacked the security guard as he was coming out of the premises with the money in a cashbox.
The two robbers then fled in an Avensis car, which was later found burnt out in a nearby estate in Tallaght.
The car had been stolen over the weekend in Rathfarnham. It was taken away for a forensic examination.
The full amount stolen is reckoned to have been between €10,000 and €15,000.
No shots were fired and nobody was hurt, but gardai said the security guard was shocked by the attack.
Last night, gardai at Tallaght station appealed to anybody who might have witnessed the robbery or the car being abandoned and set on fire shortly after 1pm to contact them on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
In July, it emerged that the amount paid for the garda escort service for cash-in-transit vehicles fell by about 30pc between 2009 and 2011.
This was because there were fewer requests for garda protection during the recession.
Some €4.28m was charged to the Irish Banking Federation (IBF) for the escort service in 2009, but that dropped to €2.99m in 2011.
Latest figures show there were 31 cash-in-transit robberies in 2011, 50 last year and well over 20 so far this year.