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Police Target IRA in Bank Heist Raids

Police raided properties Friday in two Irish Republican Army strongholds of Belfast in search of the $42.5 million stolen this week from a bank’s underground vault. Among the properties searched was the home of Eddie Copeland, a prominent reputed IRA commander in Ardoyne, a hard-line Catholic enclave of north Belfast. Police confiscated four cell phones and his shoes — and even opened presents under his family’s Christmas tree. Scores of officers, many in white forensic overalls, also searched properties in Catholic west Belfast, the primary power base of the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party. But they did not report any progress in their hunt for the gang responsible for Monday’s raid on the Northern Bank headquarters — the world’s biggest all-cash robbery in peacetime. Full Story

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