Three held over tiger kidnap
Published 09/09/2010 | 10:19
Two men and a woman were arrested today by detectives investigating the tiger kidnapping of a bank worker and his wife.
Armed gardai arrested the three in connection with the €300,000 theft during early morning raids in Lucan, Co Dublin, and Navan, Co Meath.
Gardai said a number of vehicles were also seized.
The bank worker and his wife were targeted at their home in Templeogue, west Dublin, last Thursday morning.
Three men - one armed - took the woman from her home while her husband, an AIB employee, was ordered to carry out the theft at his branch.
The cash was taken from the AIB in Clondalkin village and dropped off at an arranged site before the man's wife was freed hours later near a quarry in rural Wicklow.
Members of the Emergency Response Unit and Organised Crime Unit supported local gardai during the latest arrests.
The men, aged 30 and 32, and the 29-year-old woman are being questioned at Crumlin, Rathmines and Terenure garda stations under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007. They can be held for a week.
Two more suspected gang members who were arrested last Saturday remain in custody, while three other men have been released.
Gardai said a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
An incident room has been set up at Terenure Garda Station.