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Thursday 17 April 2014

Garda held over missing cash freed

Twenty-six thousand euro recovered from a botched robbery was stolen from Balbriggan Garda station

A garda arrested over the theft of 9,000 euro from a Garda station has been released without charge.

Gardai said a man in his 30s was detained on Thursday morning over the missing cash.

A spokesman confirmed he has since been released.

The cash was part of a 26,000 euro haul recovered from a botched shop robbery earlier this year.

It was being held as evidence following a hold-up when it was stolen from Balbriggan Garda station.

The suspect was arrested at around 11am on Thursday and taken to a station in Dublin where he was questioned under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

It emerged the money was missing from the station in mid-February after the owner of the shop that was raided several weeks before asked for it back.

John Wilson, owner of the Village Store in Lusk, north Co Dublin, hoped to recover his funds, which had been bagged and tagged after the robbery and stored in a safe in Balbriggan station.

A detective superintendent from Ballymun Garda station was appointed to head an internal inquiry.

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