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Raider foiled by dye in €6k bank hold-up

AN armed bank raider was forced to throw away bank notes after a botched robbery in south Dublin.

The lone gunman, who was disguised with a scarf around his face and armed with a sawn-off shotgun, raided the Ulster Bank in Dalkey.

It is understood he grabbed about €6,000. But when he put some of it in a bag, spoiling dye exploded over the notes.

No shots were fired and no one was injured.

The hold-up happened at about 3.20pm yesterday.

The raider was described as about 5ft 5in tall, wearing faded black jeans and a blue Puffa jacket with a hood.

The robbery in Dalkey is just the latest incident in which dye has foiled criminals in cash robberies.

In one incident in Dublin last month, two raiders were allegedly caught 'laundering' €50,000 of stolen cash in a sink full of water.

The cash haul was destroyed by a red dye when they attempted to open the cash box after the armed robbery.

The Herald previously revealed that one of the country's most infamous cash-in-transit robbery gangs is using children to launder dye-stained money stolen in armed robberies.

The Finglas based gang are linked to up to 20 cash-in-transit robberies already this year -- the majority in north Dublin.

A source explained: "Cash notes often get destroyed in dye after a cash box is open by the gang so these fellas go to any machine that is designed to take notes for coins.


"In particular, they have been using parking machines at supermarkets and other locations, even hospitals and gaming arcades. A big favourite are Luas ticketing machines.

"A lot of these machines can take €20 and €50 notes and are not designed to recognise the notes are covered in dye. Usually the machine just recognises the metallic strip on the note.

"So, what is happening is that the gang is getting youngsters to pay for an hour's parking with their tainted notes or pay for a short Luas journey.

"They then get a load of change in coins which they bring to machines based in supermarkets which convert the coins back into clean notes -- and off they go."

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old criminal was arrested in an early morning raid by detectives investigating a separate armed robbery at a south Dublin bank.

The suspect, who is originally from Stanaway Road in Crumlin, was picked up by gardai at an address in Ballyfermot and is being questioned at Rathfarnham Garda Station.

The incident occurred at 2.10pm on October 11, 2012, when a lone raider armed with a shotgun, entered the bank, threatened staff and left with €17,000. He left on foot across Butterfield Avenue in the direction of Marion Road.