It’s been a busy 24 hours for the Irish police after a group of men committed two robberies and arson in the town of Dundalk, County Louth.
The crime spree started around 3:20 a.m. on April 4th with the robbers raiding two ATMs on the same street. One cash machine belonged to Allied Irish Banks, another one — to Ulster Bank.
After ripping out the ATMs and putting them in a trailer, the robbers decided on what they thought was the best way to slow down gardaí (the Republic of Ireland police). They went straight to the Dundalk Garda Station and set two cars parked in front of it on fire.
They then fled to Northern Ireland where they discarded the trailer with the ATMs inside. However, they were already chased by both Dundalk police forces and The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
PSNI eventually found and arrested all three robbers in County Armagh. Right now only their ages, 24, 29 and 57, have been revealed.
The chase and arrest operation was notable not only because of the crime itself but because of thrle cooperation between the police services of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These parts of the U.K. often experience difficulties in their relationship due to the political climate.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said that he was happy to see both police services working so closely together across the border, reports Newstalk.