€300,000 tiger raid mastermind held
THE man suspected of masterminding last week's €300,000 'tiger' kidnapping was arrested by gardai yesterday.
Armed detectives detained the 32-year-old suspect after raiding a house in Co Meath.
The raid was part of a follow-up operation involving officers from the Dublin South division, backed up by members of the Organised Crime Unit and the Emergency Response Unit.
A 30-year-old man alleged by gardai to have been the gang's "bag man" was also arrested after the search of a house in Navan.
Gardai believe the kidnap haul was being moved to Navan where it was then being split up into shares for those involved in the robbery.
Gardai also detained a 29-year-old woman in Lucan.
She is suspected of having supplied the car used to collect the cash after the manager of the AIB branch in Clondalkin, Tony Walsh, was forced to leave the money in a parked vehicle to secure the safe release of his wife.
The three were being held at Crumlin, Rathmines and Terenure garda stations.
Yesterday's arrests brought the number detained in connection with the Clondalkin investigation to eight.
Gardai suspect that members of the gang were also involved in at least one other 'tiger' kidnap in the capital.