Raiders get €100k after using gas to blast open ATM
Gardaí are investigating after up to €100,000 was stolen in a raid on an ATM in Greystones, Co Wicklow.
The robbery happened at around 4.20am yesterday morning at an ATM attached to a Permanent TSB branch. It is the third time the bank has been targeted this year.
It has emerged that the Permanent TSB branch was in the process of updating security measures which had not been changed despite two previous incidents.
It was a case of third time lucky for the raiders - believed to be a Traveller gang with links to Ballyfermot and Co Wicklow - who made away with €100,000 when they used compressed gas to blow the machine into the back of the bank. They then forced their way through its front door, took the money and fled.
Gardaí believe between three and six criminals were involved in the raid. Three cars were captured on CCTV leaving the area.
On September 22, at around 4.30am the same ATM was targeted when a gang rammed the front of the bank, entered the premises and ransacked offices before trying, unsuccessfully, to blow up the ATM with gas.
Then on St Patrick's Day morning, there was another attempt to blow up the ATM, when criminals used a sophisticated gas system in an attempt to blow out the machine.
Two men attempted to open the ATM with a crowbar, also trying to smash down the bank's front door with a sledgehammer, with no success, before fleeing in a silver Audi estate.