Saturday 3 December 2016

Dublin airport robbery: family held hostage as armed gang 'steals €200k'

Laura Larkin and Ken Foy

Published 03/12/2015 | 09:13

Gardai at a GSLS security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning after an incident reported to be an attempted tiger raid. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at a GSLS security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning after an incident reported to be an attempted tiger raid. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The scene at Dublin Airport Cargo Terminal. Photo: Caroline Quinn
The scene at Dublin Airport earlier today. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Gardai at a GSLS security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning after an incident reported to be an attempted tiger raid. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Armed Gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Armed Gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Airport police officers as armed gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Armed gardai attend 'serious' incident at Dublin Airport following tiger-kidnapping (Photo: Collins Dublin)

Gardai investigating a tiger kidnapping have appealed for information after a Dublin family were held captive in their home overnight by armed gunmen.

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At least three masked men entered a home on the Gracefield Road in Artane at around 8pm yesterday evening and held a man, his partner and their adult daughter in their home. They were armed with at least one handgun, gardai have said.

At around 5am this morning the man was forced to attend his job in a cash-in-transit firm as normal, with instructions to deposit a sum of cash in a waiting van near Dublin airport.

The woman and her daughter were handcuffed and bound in the back of a silver white caddy Volkswagon van, with a 2009 Dublin registration.

A garda at Dublin Airport earlier today. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
A garda at Dublin Airport earlier today. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Superintendent Gerry Donnelly, from Coolock garda station, said that the two women were later found when a passer-by in Chestnut Grove in Dunboyne Co Meath heard their screams and called 999.

It is believed they were driven around for a few hours after they left their house and they were discovered shortly after 9am this morning.

Meanwhile the man was instructed to do an airport run as normal and was then instructed to link up with a van near the Corballis Business Park in Dublin Airport.

Gardai described the vehicle as a small white box-type van and said it is not yet known if the two occupants of the second van were the same men at the house or if they were further accomplices.

Gardai at a GSLS security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning after an incident reported to be an attempted tiger raid. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at a GSLS security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning after an incident reported to be an attempted tiger raid. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

After the cash transfer was carried out the man was able to raise the alarm when he noticed a van from his company and informed two of his colleagues about the terrifying events.

The family are “extremely traumatised” investigating gardai told reporters this afternoon but they were not physically injured during the ordeal.

Armed Gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Armed Gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The trio who entered the house are believed to have had Dublin accents and they wore ski masks and gloves.

Gda Donnelly said that it was too early in the investigation to give detail on lines of inquiries that they were following but said that significant resources had been allocated to the investigation.

Airport police officers as armed gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Airport police officers as armed gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport this morning Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

They have appealed for any information from people who may have seen anything in any of the three locations to contact Coolock garda station.

Read more: Hundreds of passengers and staff at Dublin Airport unaffected by morning incident

Armed Gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Armed Gardai approach a security cash in transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Gardai are appealing for the public's assistance in respect of suspicious activity in a number of specific locations from 8pm yesterday to 8am:

  • Any suspicious activity between the Artane Roundabout,  Gracefield Road and its environs.
  • Any suspicious activity in respect of a 09D Volkswagon Caddy Silver/White at Gracefield Road, Artane, Chesnut Grove, Dunboyne or between those locations.
  • Gardaí are also appealing for information on a small white box type van which was parked in the vincinity of Corballis Road Business Park, Dublin Airport between 7am and 8.30am on todays date.

An incident room has been set up at Coolock Garda Station and anyone with information is asked to contact gardai on 01-6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Armed gardai attend 'serious' incident at Dublin Airport following tiger-kidnapping (Photo: Collins Dublin)
Armed gardai attend 'serious' incident at Dublin Airport following tiger-kidnapping (Photo: Collins Dublin)

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