CARS CATCH FIRE AFTER BRAZEN KINGSCOURT BANK ROBBERY

18 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

• Michael McDonnell

Gardai are still appealing for information following last Friday’s audacious raid on a bank in Kingscourt which resulted in a number of vehicles on the street catching fire.
An armed and masked gang rammed the door of the Bank of Ireland at Main Street, Kingscourt with a white-coloured Citroen van a short time before 5pm.
Two of the men then confronted staff — who had just closed to the public for the day — while armed with handguns.
A substantial sum of cash is reported to have been taken, but it is understood that no shots were fired.
The six-strong gang then set fire to the van, which caused a number other vehicles on the street to catch fire in turn.
Thy escaped in another car, which was later found burned out, about two miles away on a slip road off the main Kingscourt-Bailieboro road. A third vehicle was used by the raiders to make good their getaway.
Kingscourt’s main street was closed for a period while fire services dealt with the stricken cars.
It subsequently emerged that there is no garda car based in Kingscourt to respond to such incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Bailieboro 042 969 4570, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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