TWO thieves were left red-faced when a cash box they had stolen in an armed robbery exploded and left them covered in red dye.
At 3pm on Friday afternoon, two men drove up to the entrance of the Aldi supermarket in Bagenalstown when cash was being collected by a security van. One of the masked men, armed with what was described as a firearm, threatened a security guard before making off with the cash box that contained a substantial amount of money. They made their escape in a black BMW coupé.
However, gardaí discovered the cash box, which had been abandoned by the thieves, on the Dunleckey Road shortly afterwards. The box had exploded with red dye when the culprits opened it, destroying the money and covering the pair in the distinctive dye.
“It’s an indelible ink that takes ages to wash off,” a garda spokesman told The Nationalist. “We’re appealing to the public for information about this, especially if they’ve encountered someone with red dye on their clothing, hands or face.”
The BMW was also found burnt out on Saturday morning in the foothills of Mount Leinster.
All the money stolen was recovered and no-one was injured during the raid. No arrests have yet been made and gardaí are seeking information about the movements of the two men, before and after the robbery.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bagenalstown Garda Station on 059 9774120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any garda station.