Thieves point gun at off-duty garda as he foils robbery
An off-duty garda pursued two men following a cash-in-transit robbery.
At one stage, one of the two thieves pointed a firearm at the unarmed garda, before dropping the weapon and fleeing.
The robbery occurred at midday yesterday as a security man was collecting cash at a shopping centre in Ratoath, Co Meath.
He was then approached by a man brandishing what appeared to be a firearm.
The man, dressed in black, demanded the cash box. He then fled to a waiting grey Renault Kangoo van which was driven by a second man.
The incident was witnessed by an off-duty garda who followed the van into a nearby housing estate where he boxed the van in with his own car.
The suspects then got out of the van and pointed a firearm at the unarmed garda.
Following a brief standoff, the men dropped the weapon and cash box and fled into nearby filed.
A search of the area was mounted but so far, neither of the men have been arrested.
A follow-up search of a house in Ratoath found items of black clothing which gardai believe are connected to the robbery.
Anyone with information about the incident are asked to contact gardai in Ashbourne on 01 801 0600.