Wednesday, December 22, 2004

N. Ireland Robbery 

This is one "massive headache" that I'd like to have. (Ok, except for the possible life sentence, if caught)
Pulling off one of the largest and most daring cash robberies of all time is one thing. Disposing successfully of the loot and enjoying the benefits is another matter.

For the criminals who have made off with more than £20m from the headquarters of Northern Bank in Belfast, the problems may only just be beginning...

Police in the United Kingdom and across Europe will be hot on their trail while shopkeepers from Ballymena to Brighton will be alert to any large or unusual purchases for the next few weeks. Secondly, the sheer size of the robbers' horde could turn out to be a millstone around their necks.

Getting rid of £20m without causing huge suspicion is likely to tax even the most resourceful and determined of criminal minds. Not only do the stolen notes each have their own code, making them easy to identify but the majority are denominated in Northern Ireland currency.

It'll be interesting to see who was behind the robbery (if we ever know), but some are already pointing to the IRA, because of some of the tactics used. While that could be case, the law enforcement and compliant media seem all too eager to convict on this one. Who's to say it wasn't a gang of Loyalists, as opposed to the IRA? The IRA has a lot to lose, if they are found to be the ones behind this. What would they be using the money for, do they have a looming Social Security crisis as well?


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