Man arrested after bank raid in Stillorgan leads to high speed city chase
A major garda investigation has been launched after an armed bank robbery in south Dublin this morning.
Two armed raiders entered the Bank of Ireland in Stillorgan at 11.30am and escaped with a sum of cash.
It is understood that a number of customers were in the bank when the raid happened and the criminals were armed with at least one handgun.
No-one was injured in the terrifying incident which sparked a high speed chase.
The two criminals escaped in a Saab car and drove at speed towards the Seamount Apartments in nearby Booterstown.
The raiders then burnt out their car at the apartment complex and drove off on a motorbike towards Sandymount.
At this stage, armed gardai were pursuing the suspects and one of the raiders fell of the bike before being arrested by gardai.
The suspect is currently being detained at Irishtown Garda Station.
It is understood that most of the money that was stolen in the robbery has been recovered by officers from a bag which was discarded by the raiders and a handgun was also recovered.
At the time of going to press, a high speed chase was in place between the raider on the bike and gardai.
A spokeswoman for Bank of Ireland said that the incident happened at the branch just off the N11/Stillorgan Road.
“There was a confirmed incident at our Montrose branch this morning.
“The branch is closed for the remainder of the day and the incident is under investigation by the Gardai,” she said.
“We don’t comment any further on such incidents.”