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Friday 19 September 2014

Man arrested for robbing taxi drivers at gunpoint

Published 22/01/2014 | 10:45

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Gardai are investigating the incident

A bumbling criminal is facing arrest after a spate of gunpoint robberies on taxi drivers close to his home in the space of one week.

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Gardai previously questioned the man, who is aged in his 30s, after two taxi drivers were robbed in the early hours of last Thursday morning.

Both incidents took place in Finglas.

The lone male passenger hailed the taxis and asked them to drive to the Danestown area of the northern suburb before pulling a gun from his jacket and making off with small sums of cash.

Subsequently, the suspect was questioned by officers and released with a file being sent to the Director of Public Proescutions (DPP).

But gardai are now set to question the suspect again after two identical robberies in the same area, one in the early hours of Sunday morning and one in the early hours of this morning.

In both of the more recent cases, the passenger asked the driver to drive to the Danestown area before using a gun to threaten the drivers and make off with cash sums.

It is suspected that he then walked home.

The suspect has previous convictions for robbery and theft as well as traffic offences.

Investigating gardai hope to arrest and question him before any other incidents occur.

“This guy doesn't seem to be very clever. Every robbery is identical and he gets out at virtually the same spot every time,” one source told the Herald.

“In each incident the description of the robber is the same, even down to the clothing, and all the robberies happen in the early hours of the morning,” they added.

“It is not known if the gun is real or a replica, but no taxi driver is going to argue when it is pointed at them, and the raider has issued the same threats in each case - demanding cash, threatening to shoot the driver, but not physically harming them,” they explained.

“Once he has the cash he flees from the car and disappears off down the street,” they added.

Gardai confirmed to the Herald that they are “following a definite line of inquiry”.

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