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[euro]5k stolen in armed bank raid; CRIME.

Byline: CATHAL MCMAHON

A LONE thug threatened staff with a handgun during a terrifying raid at a bank yesterday.

The hold-up happened at the Ulster Bank on Dublin's main shopping thoroughfare, Grafton Street.

The raider struck shortly before 3pm and escaped with [euro]5,000.

Gardai attached to Dublin's Pearse Street station were last night probing the theft.

A number of possible suspects are being targeted and detectives are confident of catching the raiders.

A Garda spokesman said: "The incident happened at 2.50pm when a lone man walked into the bank and up to the counter.

"He produced a firearm and demanded cash.

"He left on foot along Essex Street in the direction of Andrew Street."

The suspect was described as being in his late 30s or early 40s. He wore a green jacket and scarf covering his face.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Apr 16, 2013
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