Brinks robbery sparks cross-border manhunt

October 2, 2012

By Christine Keighery

The armed robbery of a Brinks security van outside B&Q last Friday morning resulted in a high speed chase across the border sparking a cross-border manhunt, with Gardaí from Louth, Meath and Cavan, along with officers from specialists units, still searching for the culprits.

Around 11.20am on Friday, two masked males, one believed to have been armed with a knife, made off with a sum of cash from the Brinks security van parked outside B &Q, in Newry’s bustling Damolly Retail Park.  Thankfully, no-one was injured in the robbery.

The pair fled the scene in a silver Mitsubishi Shogun, heading in the direction of the border.  A police pursuit ensued, with the men crashing through a garda checkpoint just over the border at Dromad.

Shortly afterwards, they abandoned the Shogun, and hijacked a silver Audi TT in the Edenappa Road, injuring the terrified female driver of the vehicle.

Not long after the audacious robbery, B&Q spokesperson, Suzi Smith confirmed that the incident had taken place but that the store remained open for business.

The PSNI have released a statement appealing for information asking witnesses, particularly anyone in the Damolly Retail Park, Armagh Road, Newry or the Fiveways Filling Station carpark, Newry, around 11.00am to 11.30am on Friday 28 September 2012 to contact CID in Ardmore Police Station.

Gardai have also requested that anyone with information regarding the robbery and subsequent hijacking, contact Gardai or PSNI.