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Sports star one of many victims of bank cash scam by crime gang

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
One woman was attacked and robbed after leaving an AIB in Blanchardstown
One woman was attacked and robbed after leaving an AIB in Blanchardstown

A crime gang is targeting individuals withdrawing sums of cash from the bank in a €100,000 scam.

Among its victims is Ireland rugby star Ian Keatley. 

The Munster out-half and a friend were robbed by the gang during an incident in which they were shadowed after leaving a bank. 

According to the Sun, Keatley and his friend were followed by a suspect in the bank before being tailed when they drove from the branch.

When the pair later parked and left their vehicle for a short period of time their car was broken into. 

An unknown sum of cash was taken. 

A source told the publication: “These people are serious criminals and have been at this crime for a very long time. 

The rugby player and his friend had just left their car for a matter of seconds when the thieves broke into it.

Management at all the banks are working closely with the Gardai and will need to remain vigilant — especially in the run-up to Christmas. The gang have already made over €100,000 from numerous robberies since the beginning of the year and customers making large withdrawls should be aware there could be people watching them.”

In another incident a woman in Dublin had 12,000 in cash stolen after leaving an AIB in Blanchardstown. She was attacked and robbed after being followed from the bank. 

The gang have carried out numerous robberies of a similar nature in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Wexford and Kildare. 

A 'spotter' casually enters the bank until a suitable candidate is spied and subsequently followed. 

Gardai have set up a specialist unit to track the gang down and prevent any further robberies. Banks are also launching investigations into the incidents.