Man jailed for collecting €250,000 tiger kidnap cash
A FATHER of two has been jailed after he was captured on CCTV taking €250,000 from an AIB employee who had been forced by tiger kidnappers to steal the cash from his workplace.
Ross Caffrey (26) was later stopped by gardai as the passenger in a Toyota Avensis and was found to have €21,000 on him.
The cash was in bundles of €50 notes and some of those bundles still bore the bank seal. Some of the bands surrounding the cash had the bank employee's initials on them.
Caffrey later admitted to gardai that he knew it was "likely" that the money had been taken in a robbery. He said he was to receive €3,000 for collecting the cash.
Caffrey, of Richmond Avenue, Fairview, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of stolen cash at Royal Canal Park, Ratoath Road, on June 23, 2010.
He had initially denied charges relating to the tiger kidnapping and a trial date was set, but a plea was offered to this charge and accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Caffrey has 22 previous convictions, including theft and burglary. He was jailed in 2011 for two years for making threats to kill or cause serious harm.
Judge Martin Nolan jailed Caffrey for three-and-a-half years, saying it was the most lenient he could be given the offence.
Judge Nolan ordered that the €21,000 be returned to the AIB.
Detective Garda Michael McGrath told the court that the AIB employee's Tallaght home was raided on June 22, 2010, by armed men.
The bank worker was taken out of the house and ordered to take the cash from the bank or his flatmate's life would be "in jeopardy".