Gardens trawled for gun used in €1.1m hold-up
GARDAI are trawling through suburban gardens in a bid to find a gun used in a midnight hold-up.
The searches were carried out yesterday in the south-Dublin suburb of Tallaght after gardai arrested two suspects for the armed robbery.
A night courier was delivering €1.1m worth of cheques to a night safe at the Ulster bank in Tallaght village at midnight when he was grabbed by two men, armed with a handgun and a hammer.
They threatened the 53-year-old courier, who was making the lodgment on behalf of a local business, and forced him to hand over his document bag before making their getaway in a Nissan Almera car.
Gardai were notified and quickly alerted patrols in the area.
They stopped the car about a mile away and recovered the cheques and a hammer.
But the firearm was not recovered and gardai believe it was thrown into a garden as the raiders made their escape.
Two suspects, aged 28 and 29 years and both from the Jobstown area of Tallaght, were arrested under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
They were being questioned last night at Tallaght and Rathfarnham garda stations and can be held without charge for up to three days.
The courier was not injured in the incident but was badly shaken by his ordeal.