Friday 24 March 2017

Addict is jailed for €318,000 robbery

Aoife Nic Ardghail

A DRUG addict who stole €318,000 from a bank employee after a kidnapping bluff has been jailed for four years.

Gardai arrested Tony Quinn (30) after he collected the bag of cash from a railway line around Broombridge Railway Station.

Det Sgt Robert O'Reilly had told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday that a Permanent TSB staff member took the money, with permission, from her Phibsboro branch after she had been made to believe that a gang had kidnapped her partner.

Two ESB staff working on railway cables in the Broombridge Station area noticed a woman heave a large leather bag over a fence. They phoned the emergency services when they saw Quinn retrieve it and he was arrested.

Quinn, of Park View, Park Close, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty to theft of €318,000 cash at Permanent TSB, Phibsboro on September 22, 2009. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan said that although he accepted Quinn had rehabilitated himself, that he had come "low in the pecking order in the organisation of the offence" and would probably not reoffend, he didn't feel the "insidious" crime could escape a custodial sentence.

'Kidnapping'

Det Sgt O'Reilly had told the court that the bank employee had arrived into her branch in a "hysterical state" asking to speak with the assistant manager so she could get €400,000 for her partner's safe release.

The criminals behind the operation phoned her and told her to drop the money around Broombridge Railway Station.

Det Sgt O'Reilly said Quinn told gardai he had been forced to collect the cash over a drug debt. He admitted there had been no kidnapping.

Irish Independent

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