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Sunday 23 October 2016

Gardai arrest three 'high level targets' and foil attempted robbery of cash-in-transit van

Amy Molloy

Published 07/10/2016 | 11:52

Gardai are investigating the incident
Gardai are investigating the incident

Three men have been arrested in Meath after gardaí foiled an attempted robbery of a cash in transit van.

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The garda operation took place in Dunboyne around 10.30 this morning and it is understood that the cash was being used to fill an ATM.

A firearm was also recovered at the scene.

The men, all reported to be in their 30’s, are currently being detained at Blanchardstown and Finglas garda stations.

They are all believed to be known to gardaí and are described as “high level targets”.

One of the men arrested is a 38-year-old from Dublin who gardaí believe has been behind a number of tiger kidnappings, which involve hostage taking.

In recent years, he kidnapped a man working for a cash-in-transit company along with the man’s wife and other family members.

The man’s relatives were taken from their south Dublin home and were released after he gave the gang members a large sum of money from his workplace.

The operation was carried out by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and involved a number of garda units ,including the Special Crime Tack Force.

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has commended the work of gardaí today after they intercepted an attempted robbery of a cash-in-transit van believed to be carrying around one million euro.

Speaking at a press conference in Dunboyne in Co. Meath earlier today, she said:

“What we have are a number of people arrested, firearms seized and a very significant disruption of criminals who were intent on causing harm.

“You will appreciate we are at the very early stages of this investigation and there is not a lot we can say, but what we can say is that this the work the men and women of An Garda Siochana do every single day to protect communities and in doing so sometimes put themselves in harms way.

“I’m here to pay tribute to the ongoing work of An Garda Siochana".

When asked about the latest whistleblowing allegations, the Commissioner said “we’ll deal with that on a different day, but right now I have to go to another meeting.” 

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