TWO notorious gangland brothers jailed for a cash-in-transit robbery have been suspects in at least a dozen high-profile heists dating back to the 1990s.
Yesterday, Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley (38) and his brother Wayne (33), from Finglas in Dublin, were jailed for nine and seven years respectively for their roles in a 2007 cash van robbery. The van contained in excess of €880,000.
Their arrests followed an intensive nine-month garda operation involving significant manpower, resources, intelligence and surveillance.
Last night, the brothers were said to be "livid" at the length of their prison terms.
"They were very upset with their sentences, they were livid. They thought they were going to get five years with three suspended," a well-placed source said.
After sentencing at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, the men were brought briefly to Mountjoy Prison to execute their detention warrants and then back to Cloverhill Prison.
It is likely they will serve their sentences at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.
Alan Bradley, of Churchfields, Kentstown, Co Meath, and Wayne, from Ratoath Road, Finglas, both pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland on November 2, 2007, at Tesco in Celbridge, Co Kildare.
Judge Tony Hunt criticised the maximum 10-year term applicable to the offence insisting he would have imposed a more significant sentence had he a "free hand".
Last night a senior garda source said: "This was the first successful prosecution of them in their history and it was down to an operation put in place by the guards to target them which they can do if they have the resources and the manpower.
"This is a very significant success to the guards, there is absolutely no doubt about it. It sends out a message that is important. These guys were always deemed untouchable up in Finglas, now they have to go in and take a bow to the judge and plead guilty."
The brothers had been considered "major players" in robberies in the 1990s and early 2000s.
They were suspected of involvement in at least a dozen jobs, including a 1996 heist at the Santry Omniplex which netted about £600,000 and, at around the same time, a robbery at Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt, Dublin, worth about £400,000. There were also an exceptional number of robberies in 2005 to which they were linked.
Alan Bradley, who was second in command of the 2007 crime -- which was run by dead crime boss Eamon Dunne -- had two years of his nine-year sentence suspended. Wayne, who played a lesser role as scout and lookout, had 18 months of his sentence suspended.
The court had rejected evidence that Wayne had special needs and was pressured into taking part.
Three others have already been sentenced for their roles in the robbery, including an "inside man" who worked for Chubb Ireland.
Alan Bradley has 32 previous convictions and his brother 12, although all are for minor matters including road traffic offences.
Judge Hunt said the raid, which had been months in the planning, was foiled by "sound police work and accurate intelligence".
On the morning of November 2, 2007, Dunne, three associates and the Bradleys travelled in a four-car convoy from Finglas to Sandyford. They parked near the Chubb offices and waited for the van to start its 8am run.
When the van stopped at Celbridge Shopping Centre, one of the men approached it with a concrete saw while another tried, but failed, to open the front doors.
At this point, gardai moved in and made their arrests.
The Bradleys have long been amongst Ireland's most colourful criminals. In 2006, they lost a high-profile libel action against a Sunday newspaper.
Alan Bradley also became known as an aspiring DJ and body builder while last year he locked horns with a Meath County Council after it dismantled an unauthorised animal farm opposite his home in Co Meath.