Hunt on for thugs in two counties as garda foils robbery
A SEARCH is under way across two counties after an off-duty garda foiled a cash-in-transit robbery when he confronted armed robbers.
Investigators are satisfied they have established the identity of two suspects wanted for the attempted robbery at Ratoath, Co Meath.
They have already recovered black clothing found in a search of a house at Streamstown, Ratoath, on Monday afternoon.
A security guard was collecting cash at a shopping centre in Ratoath shortly after midday on Monday when he was approached by a man, waving what appeared to be a firearm.
The raider, dressed in black, demanded the cash box and then fled to a waiting, grey Renault Kangoo van being driven by an accomplice.
As the van was driven off at speed, it was spotted by the off-duty officer, who is a detective at Harcourt Square in Dublin.
The garda followed the van into a nearby housing estate where he boxed in the vehicle with his own car.
Two suspects jumped from the van and pointed the weapon at the unarmed garda.
But the detective bravely stood his ground and after a confrontation, the men dropped the firearm and cashbox and made their getaway on foot.
Gardai later carried out a search of the area but no arrests were made.
Both suspects were already known to gardai and had been suspected of involvement in other serious crime in the past.
Last night gardai appealed to anybody with information to contact Ashbourne station, at 01 8010600, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666 111.