€12,000 'missing' from city garda station
Gardaí are investigating after €12,000 in cash went missing from a Dublin city garda station.
The missing cash was discovered when local gardaí conducted an internal audit at Kevin Street Garda Station in the city centre.
Sources have disclosed that the money has gone missing from a "store room" at the station and theft is suspected in the case.
This is an area where exhibits and seized cash are kept and is meant to be a secure area.
The missing cash was most likely seized by gardaí investigating criminal elements in the locality but this has not yet been confirmed.
Last night, a senior source said that the belief among investigators is that the cash was "most likely taken rather than misplaced."
"This money does not seem to have been misplaced which means that the investigation could turn into a criminal case as the most likely scenario here is that the money was stolen," the source said.
A detective superintendent from another garda division in Dublin has been appointed to lead the probe into the missing cash.
It is understood that the money may have been taken from the store room in Kevin Street station a number of months ago.
"The investigation is at an early stage but this does not look good. It very much looks like that money was stolen," a senior source said last night.
At this stage, gardaí do not believe any ongoing cases have been compromised by the money that has gone missing.
No suspects have yet been identified and there has been no arrests.
There have been a number of occasions in recent years in which sums of cash have gone missing from Dublin garda stations.
In June, 2013, it emerged that €27,000 went missing which was being kept in a safe at Malahide Garda Station after it was recovered by officers following a robbery.
In February, 2013, gardaí discovered a discrepancy in a sum of money which was lodged in a safe at Balbriggan Garda Station.
When the money, which had been left in the evidence bag in the strongroom, was counted officers discovered that €9,000 was missing from the original amount of €26,000.
Garda inquiries later determined that the money had been stolen.