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Saturday 25 February 2017

Crimelord 'Mr Fixit' continues robbery run as gardai 'too busy with gangland feud'

Crimelord leads crew suspected of having made up to €1m from cash-in-transit robberies in the past two years

Ken Foy

One of the two thieves leaves the wholesaler’s premises with a security box containing around €60,000
One of the two thieves leaves the wholesaler’s premises with a security box containing around €60,000
The fake G4S security van

A lack of garda resources is hindering attempts to bust Dublin gangland’s Mr Fixit.

The crimelord leads a crew – drawn from a section of the Travelling community – suspected of having made up to €1m from cash-in-transit robberies in the capital in the past two years.

He is also the fixer for many of the city’s crime gangs.

The latest armed robbery linked to Mr Fixit and his associates happened at Charlestown Shopping Centre in north Dublin last month when around €50,000 was taken.

Staff from security company G4S were targeted as they attempted to fill an ATM.

The same gang are the chief suspects in the robbery of nearly €190,000 from Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in late January.

The fake G4S security van
The fake G4S security van

Two men armed with a handgun and hammer threatened to kill two security employees in an underground car park as they took money to an ATM.

Sources say the Traveller gang have been providing high-end stolen cars to the murderous Kinahan cartel and other crime networks.

CCTV from the robbery at a Clondalkin buisness premises using a fake cash-in-transit van
CCTV from the robbery at a Clondalkin buisness premises using a fake cash-in-transit van

Some of the vehicles have ended up on the Costa del Sol.

A senior source told the Herald that gardai do not have enough resources to tackle the cash-in-transit raiders.

“It’s well-known who this gang are. They’ve made the best part of €1m from over half-a-dozen robberies in Dublin over the past two years,” the source said.

“While the will is there from gardai to really put these fellas under pressure and get them before the courts, there’s a major issue with resources because of all the organised crime that is going on.

“It means this criminal grouping are not the number-one priority.

“The main priority is dealing with the gangland feud, and there have been some great drugs and weapons seizures in recent weeks, but this gang remain very active and dangerous.”

Mr Fixit’s outfit are also the chief suspects for a robbery in December when two raiders used a fake cash-in-transit van to make off with more than €60,000 from a Dublin cash-and-carry before they crashed the vehicle and set it on fire.

They duped staff by pretending to be employees of the G4S security firm.

The incident happened on December 7 at the Merrywell Business Park on the Ballymount Industrial Estate.

It is also believed that last month’s raid at Charlestown Shopping Centre is the second time they have carried out such a crime there.

The gang is one of a number working together in a multi- million euro international car-theft ring in which expensive vehicles are stolen to order across Ireland and shipped out of the country.

Dozens of cars have been hidden under scrap and tyres in containers loaded aboard cargo ships leaving Dublin Port.

Herald

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