Footprints in the snow could hold key to tiger raid kidnap
GARDAI are probing how an armed gang managed to obtain vital information to execute the latest lucrative tiger kidnap robbery.
Investigations were under way at a number of locations around Dublin city yesterday as the hunt continued for the gang of masked men who held a nine-year-old girl and her terrified elderly grand-aunt captive for six hours.
Detectives are understood to be focusing on how the gang managed to obtain specific information, such as the Brinks Allied employee's home address and the timing of the delivery van's cash run. It appears that the gang was aware the van was due to transfer cash to the Bank of Ireland branch on O'Connell Street, Dublin.
The home of the Brinks Allied employee, Reggie Shannon, was sealed off yesterday as a forensic team examined the front yard of the house. Officers used kettles of hot water to lift plaster casts of potential shoe prints in the frost outside the house in Irishtown in Dublin's south inner city.
"Obviously you don't expect it to happen so close to you," one neighbour said. Another said they were a nice family who kept to themselves and were only living in the area for a short period.
"We were awake at the time, we heard the binmen but we never heard anything else," he said.
On Monday, masked men burst into the home of the security guard and took his mother, who is in her 70s, and his nine-year-old niece captive. He was ordered to take a white Renault van and drive to O'Connell Street where a Brinks Allied van was delivering cash to banks. He was then given a mobile phone and told to wait for more instructions when he reached the van.
The security guard was handed over cash boxes containing at least €140,000, which he then took to the carpark of the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra as instructed.
Last night, gardai reissued their appeal for information on the movements of a white Renault Kangoo van, 98 D 29588, used to transport the Brinks Allied security employee to O'Connell Street and left at the Skylon car park. It was stolen in the Dublin area in December.
They are also interested in a silver Toyota Verso people carrier, registration number 05 KE 6457, used to transport the elderly woman and the young girl to Shankill where they were released unharmed.