View Full Version : Idiotic Bank Robbers "steal too much (20M)" :lol:

Dec 22nd, 2004, 02:43 PM
Not only did they steal too much, they tried to get more but it wouldnt fit into their trucks :lol:
and those notes they got were "Special" Northern notes and not the usual British notes with the Queens Head :o
so they wont be much use as they'll get caught easy when they try to use it.

Heard they had enough notes to fill a 50 storey building :tape:

Here's what happened.

Timeline: Northern Bank robbery

The gang who carried out one of the biggest cash robberies ever appear to have planned every detail with great precision. They escaped with about 20m after a robbery on the Northern Bank's Belfast headquarters. Here is a timetable of the raid:

Sunday 19 December 2200 GMT - The gang takes over the homes of two senior members of the bank's staff.

The houses are in Dunmurry on the outskirts of south Belfast and Loughinisland, a small village in County Down.

Sunday 2300 GMT -The bank officials are driven off and held at undisclosed locations while their families are held hostage.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40654000/jpg/_40654781_donegall203.jpg The Northern Bank's head office was robbed by the gang

Monday 20 December 0730 GMT - Bank employees are ordered to go to work as normal and engage in their daily business routines.

Monday 1300 GMT - It is understood that one employee is forced to take 1m to an undisclosed location as a trial run. The bank official returns to work.

Monday 1630 GMT -The bank's head office on Donegall Square West, just yards from Belfast City Hall, closes for the day.

Monday 1800 GMT -The gang arrives to clear out the cash distribution centre where the vaults are full of money to satisfy the Christmas demands of the bank's 95 branches and high-street cash dispensers.

Monday 2030 GMT -The gang finishes moving the cash from below ground to a truck sitting in Wellington Street, a side entrance to the bank, with its engine running.

Monday 2100 GMT -The two bank employees are taken away by thieves and left in the countryside outside Belfast.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40654000/jpg/_40654759_samkincaid203.jpg The PSNI's Sam Kinkaid is leading the investigation

Monday 2200 GMT It is understood that a female hostage, who is married to one of the bank officials, finds her way to a house after being left in Drumkeeragh Forest Park, County Down, between Ballynahinch and Castlewellan.

There are reports she may have walked barefoot to a house for help, and was suffering from exposure as a result of her ordeal.

A car is later found burnt out in the forest park.

Monday 2345 GMT - Police and senior officials at the bank are alerted to the raid.

Sam Kinkaid, head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Crime Operations branch, is briefed and immediately signals the start of the hunt for the gang involved. Tuesday 1530 GMT - Mr Kinkaid reveals the scale of the robbery. He said: "I have been informed that the sum involved is quite considerable and may be in excess of 20m."


Dec 22nd, 2004, 03:06 PM
:eek: :confused: Is this the longest bank robbery in terms of the time it took to execute it? From the time the bank officials/their families were kidnapped to the time the police are informed it took more than 24 hours? Within that time, no customer/outsider observed that there is something fishy going on?

The robbers appear to be anything but idiotic. :) This is well-thought out operation.

Dec 22nd, 2004, 03:10 PM
yes well thought out but whats the point when the money they stole is NO USE :tape:

Dec 22nd, 2004, 03:18 PM
Can't it be used within N. Ireland? Also, is it possible that a portion of the money they took could actually be in the British/other currency since the bank apparently served many businesses in the area? So, may be all is not lost from the point of view of the robbers.

Dec 22nd, 2004, 09:29 PM
Eggy... You have to plan your heists a bit better!