Young man kidnapped by gang after car sale scam
A young man was held captive for several hours after he was kidnapped by thugs who pretended they were interested in buying his car.
The criminals duped their 18-year-old victim, Gerry Finnegan, into meeting them at a garage in Termonfeckin, Co Louth, on Sunday night.
His mother Catriona yesterday said "he is badly shook" by the experience.
"He's distraught," she told 'The Star' newspaper.
"[The car] was up for sale. It was on the internet advertised on DoneDeal. We are all okay... just shaken up."
Two men confronted Mr Finnegan in the garage and one of them produced a firearm. They put a bag over his head and bundled him into his own car, an Audi A4, which he intended to sell.
He was driven to a disused milk parlour about 5km away at Newtownstalaban and at one stage was forced to lie in the boot of the vehicle.
When the car stopped in a farmyard four masked men took him out and held him hostage for more than three hours before deciding to go to the family home near Termonfeckin.
The thugs stayed in the house, a detached bungalow, for around 15 minutes and assaulted Mr Finnegan's brother while they were searching a couple of rooms. Neither brother was badly hurt.
The gang took about €400 in cash before making off in the Audi. The car was later found burnt out.
As the teenager was recovering from his ordeal at home yesterday, his mother told how he was shaken by his ordeal. She did not want to comment further on his abduction.
The crime shocked the local community, where his father is a well known farmer who has been involved in the local branch of the IFA.
Gardai in Drogheda have appealed for anybody with information to contact them at 041 9874200, or to phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.