Armed gang foiled as getaway car breaks down on way to raid
A crime gang was forced to abandon plans for an armed hold-up in Dublin after their getaway car broke down, gardai believe.
The gang was using a black VW Touran people carrier, which had been reported stolen in Terenure, on the southside of the city, on December 17 last.
Passers-by spotted men jumping out of the car and running away after it stopped in Templeogue village on Wednesday.
During a search of the vehicle, gardai recovered a rifle and ammunition.
Detectives now believe that the gang had stolen the Touran to use as a getaway car after a planned armed robbery in the capital.
But after it broke down they panicked and fled, leaving the weapon and ammunition in the car.
Gardai are satisfied there is no subversive connection to the incident and think a city crime gang is involved.
The Touran and the rifle were removed for technical examination for possible clues to the identity of those involved.
Last night gardai appealed to anybody, who might have spotted the Touran since it was stolen last December or had information on where it had been stored since then, to contact them at Terenure garda station on 01 6666400, or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
Detectives said they were pursuing several lines of inquiry but no arrests had yet been made.