A MAN has been arrested following a cash-in-transit robbery in Dublin in which a shotgun was pointed at a security worker’s head.
Gardai believe three men were involved in the raid which occurred on the Old Bawn Road in Tallaght at lunchtime yesterday.
The armed gang are believed to have made off with as much as €15,000 after holding up the security guard collecting the weekend takings from a pub.
Two men carried out the robbery whilst a third waited in a car which provided the getaway.
All three then escaped in a silver Toyota Avensis car which went in the direction of the Tallaght residential area of Allenton Estate.
The car was later recovered in the Allenton area and was taken away for forensic analysis.
Last night Gardai searched a house and arrested one man who is in his twenties.
He is currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
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.