Gardaí at Ballymun Garda Statin are investigation a cash in transit robbery that occurred on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at a service station on the Ballymun Road, Dublin 9.
The cash in transit van parked in the four court of the service station for a short time before the collection was due. Shortly before at 8.30am a Silver Alfa Romeo Giulietta car registration number 12D19442 was observed driving slowly on Northwood Avenue, located close to the service station. Just before 9am the security guard began to make the collection from the service station to the van.
As the guard exited the service station making his way to the van parked on the forecourt the silver Alfa Romeo Giuletta approached the station and reversed from the Ballymun road across the forecourt towards the security guard. A man got out of the front passenger side of the Alpha car and approached the security guard, he was armed with a large knife and threatened the security guard. He stole the cash box and fled from the scene in the car.
The car then turned right onto Ballymun road and drove on the wrong side of the road before turning left at the junction of Northwood Avenue. The car was now on the correct side of the road and travelled towards the junction at St.Margaret’s Road, where it turned left.
The car continued along St.Margaret’s road until it reached the Mayeston Square Apartments and parked in an underground car park. The raiders broke open the cash box activating the alarm and the dye. They left the car park and entered the building.
• The Alfa Romeo Giulietta car registration number 12D19442 used in the robbery was stolen during a burglary from a house in Bayside, Sutton, Co. Dublin between 10pm on Tuesday 19th April and 6.30 am on Wednesday 20th April this year, approximately a week before the robbery. The car had a distinctive sticker across the top of the front and back windscreen. The sticker read “Diana loves Brian”. (The word “Loves” was replaced by a heart symbol). We are appealing to anyone that may have seen this car between these dates in the North County Dublin and wider Leinster area to come forward.
• There were a number of items of personal property in the car when it was stolen including a large amount of Canon Camera equipment including camera’s and lenses and electrical equipment including an Asus Laptop, Nexus Tablet and an Apple Ipod.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Santry and Ballymun area on that Tuesday morning or anyone who was in the service station at the time of the robbery to come forward.
• The raiders made their getaway in the Alpha Romeo Car and drove into an underground car park at the Mayeston Square Apartment complex. The raiders would have had to enter a code to exit this complex and Gardaí are appealing to anyone residing in the complex with information about this robbery to come forward.
• At some stage here the box was cut open with an angle grinder and the money was removed. The alarm on the box was activated and as a result the money was covered with dye.
• The raiders used a code to enter the main building from the underground car park. They went up to the ground level of the building and exited through the normal door where a waiting car took them from the area. This car had a Taxi symbol on the side but had no taxi plate. The car may have been a Toyota Avensis.
• The first raider is described as five foot five to five foot seven inches in height of stocky build with a Dublin accent and about thirty years of age. He wore a black tracksuit top with a zip, blue tracksuit bottoms, runners and a red scarf that partially covered his face. He was armed with an eight inch kitchen knife.
• The second raider was described at five foot five to five foot six inches in height with a skinny face & a dark complexion and twenty to twenty five years of age. He wore a black woolly hat with a dark hood pulled up over his hat.
• Gardaí believe that dyed money may be in circulation in the North Dublin area and are urging anyone that has come across it to come forward.
Gardaí at Ballymun Garda Station are investigating Telephone 01 6664400