Gardaí hunt gangs who stole €100k in raids minutes apart
Gardai are investigating separate gangs after almost €100,000 was stolen in two cash-in-transit robberies in different areas of the capital.
The two raids happened at Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas at 11.30am and then outside the Bank of Ireland in Tallaght village minutes later.
In the Finglas robbery, a G4S security employee was approached and confronted by a man who grabbed the cash box from him and fled the scene.
A car used as a getaway vehicle for the robbery was later found in flames at the North City Business Park nearby.
Then, at 11.45am, raiders in Tallaght attacked a G4S employee with pepper spray before stealing a cash box which contained up to €50,00.
The security employee was temporarily blinded after being sprayed.
A member of the public bravely tried to block the getaway vehicle with his van by driving the vehicle into their path.
The raiders damaged their getaway car as they made their escape.
"I heard a lot of horns blowing, and alarms, and there were people looking up towards the bank and then I saw a silver car coming around a van that was parked out on the other side of the road," an eye-witness said.
"I could hear banging and bashing, and then the car drove by with all of its side bashed-in, so I think it must have got caught up with the front of the van as it got away.
"There was a guy in the back with a light coloured hood up over his head. Nobody really knew what was going on until they saw the cash-in-transit van outside the bank," the witness added.
Senior sources revealed that two separate gangs are being investigated for the robberies.
A prolific cash-in-transit robbery gang is suspected of the Finglas crime.