Did you hear about the Belfast haul? Something like $60 million!
Detective Superintendent Andy Sproule said it would not be easy to find the gang, which he said numbered at least a dozen.They weren't real subtle, though:
"This was a carefully planned operation by professional criminals who obviously had done their homework," Sproule said.
Sproule said the operation began when four gang members went to the home of Northern Bank employee Kevin McMullan in rural Loughinisland to the south of Belfast, posing as a police officer with news that a family member had been killed in a car accident.It seems the police almost accidently foiled the plot, but they were too late.
They put a gun to McMullan's head and tied him up, kidnapped his wife and said she would be killed if her husband did not help their plot.
Police in Northern Ireland narrowly missed catching the gang responsible for the biggest cash robbery in history red-handed, it emerged tonight.
They were outside the Northern Bank headquarters in central Belfast moments after a white van made off with the last of the robbers’ £22 million haul.