An armed robber, posing as a woman and wearing a dress and wig, held up a pub manager at gun point and made off with around €15,000 in a car that was disguised as a taxi.
The incident occurred around 4.45am yesterday morning, on Terenure Road East in Rathgar village in Dublin, as a pub manager was depositing money into an overnight safe.
CCTV footage, which is believed to have captured the incident, has been obtained by investigating gardai, the Irish Independent can reveal.
The pub manager was lodging that night's takings from Rody Boland's pub in Rathmines, which had been packed with rugby fans earlier in the evening. The manager was approached and threatened by the man dressed as a woman, who was armed with a handgun. A second man then arrived on the scene and also threatened the man.
The assailants seized a "large sum of cash", understood to be around €15,000, and fled the scene in a silver Hyundai i40 with a fake registration plate 12 CE 1549. The vehicle also had a taxi sign on the roof but had no markings on the doors of the vehicle. The two men made off in the direction of Terenure.
The manager did not suffer any injuries but was said to be very shaken by the attack.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses and particularly anyone who may have passed the ATM at the bank on Terenure Road East early yesterday morning and who may have seen "any unusual behaviour" is asked to come forward.
A manager at Rody Boland's last night declined to comment.
A security source last night said it was unlikely the attack was opportunistic.
"They may have known the businessman was coming. When he saw what he thought was a woman, he might have felt safer about dropping the money into the bank. However, with that amount of money it is not advisable to be travelling alone, particularly at that hour of the night," the source said.
Local councillor Kate O'Connell, who owns a pharmacy close to the AIB bank, said the community was shocked by the incident. "A lot of business people would use that safe so it was clearly a planned move, They were very organised," she said.
Meanwhile, gardai in Coolock are investigating a raid on a bookmakers in Edenmore Shopping Centre.
A shot was fired after a man entered the shop around 3.15pm yesterday, wearing a grey hoodie and tracksuit bottoms with a scarf covering his face. Nobody was hurt in the incident and no money was taken. Gardai are appealing for information.