Criminals linked to Traveller gang arrested over armed robbery of cash-in-transit van in Dublin
Two bungling criminals linked to a Traveller gang were arrested over an armed robbery in Dublin after becoming involved in an unrelated altercation with gardai.
The two men are being questioned by gardai over the robbery of a cash-in-transit van at Donaghmede Shopping Centre on Wednesday.
A lone male approached the security team as they were making a delivery to a premises at Donaghmede at 3.10pm.
"The staff member was threatened with an iron bar and the suspect made off with two bags of coins.
"He got into a waiting car which was found a short time later abandoned at Carndonagh Road, Donaghmede," a garda spokesman said.
Around 4pm that day gardai from Coolock were on patrol when they became involved in an altercation with two men aged 28 and 33.
They were arrested and taken to Coolock Garda Station before being released.
"From enquiries carried out by investigating gardai, these two males were immediately re-arrested in relation to the investigation into the earlier robbery at Donaghmede Shopping Centre," the spokesman added.
Gardai raided a halting site at Moyne Park and found the proceeds of the robbery in a caravan. Sources say the two men have links to a Traveller gang well-known to gardai for its involvement in robberies, theft, burglaries and other offences.
Two men are due to appear before court today in relation to the incident.
Gardai are examining if there is any link between Wednesday's robbery and the attempted robbery of another cash-in-transit van collection in Clarehall Shopping Centre on Monday.
In that raid, a man armed with an iron bar hit a security guard while another man also tried to attack him.
However, the security guard managed to throw the cash back into the van and the raiders fled empty-handed.
The two men then made their way towards a northside halting site before escaping.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, robbers also targeted a First Stop/Fast Fit garage premises nearby in Coolock on Monday evening.
Two men on a motorbike emerged from Newtown Avenue and sped up to the garage on Greencastle Parade in the Newtown Industrial Estate shortly before 6.30pm.
Two members of staff were locking up. One man approached the workers, threatening them with a firearm and demanding money.
No one was injured in the robbery, but it is understood that the shaken staff were given a day off from work.
The thief is understood to have escaped with his driver with close to €1,000 in cash.
Gardai have spoken to witnesses and there are also a number of CCTV cameras located around the garage.
The suspect had his face hidden, using a scarf to conceal his mouth and most of his face, while also having a hood over his head.
Witnesses described him as being around 5ft11in tall. He wore dark tracksuit bottoms and a dark hooded jumper, along with white trainers, and spoke with a Dublin accent.
There is no description of his accomplice, the motorcyclist, also a male.
However, gardai have been given a good indication of the type of motorcycle used as the getaway vehicle.
It has been described as a large scrambler bike with blue and white fairing.
It had no lights, despite it being dark at the time, and also had no registration plates.
No arrests have been made over the incident as of yet, with gardai appealing for further information.
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