A RAIDER snatched a cash box containing €50,000 after sticking a handgun to the neck of a security van driver making a delivery to a post office.
The gunman struck as the van pulled up outside the An Post premises at Errigal Road, Crumlin, in Dublin.
The security guard had collected the box from the rear of the van, and was about to walk into the post office when the gunman grabbed him from behind.
He threatened the startled guard with the gun and ordered him to hand over the cash.
The raider escaped on the back of a moped, which was driven by an accomplice. The two sped off along Errigal Road as the guard raised the alarm.
Last night, gardai were stepping up inquiries as they issued an appeal for witnesses to the incident, which took place on Wednesday at around 4.40pm.
Meanwhile gardai are hunting for a young couple who stole €5,000 from a post office in Shanagarry in Cork yesterday after telling the elderly occupant of an adjacent house they needed to use her toilet.
While a woman chatted to the elderly person, the man is believed to have gained access to the nearby office and broken into the till.
The incident occurred shortly before 2pm yesterday.