Wednesday 18 September 2019

Gang suspect in hospital after ATM raid arrest

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Ken Foy

A 28-year-old man was still being questioned last night under anti-gang legislation after his arrest last Wednesday over a foiled ATM robbery.

The man remained in custody but was being treated in hospital yesterday following his dramatic arrest last week alongside his close relative.

The second man, a 25-year-old, was released without charge yesterday evening.

A 61-year-old uncle of the detained men was released without charge from Kells garda station early on Friday.

He was arrested at Moynalty, Co Meath, at the same time that armed officers intercepted a three-man gang in Virginia, Co Cavan, on Wednesday morning.

Over €300,000 was seized by gardaí when they searched the location in Co Meath.

This cash is believed to have been proceeds of other ATM robberies earlier this year.

The uncle and his two nephews are understood to all live in the same house on the Armagh/Monaghan border. They are suspected of being key members of a gang who have close links to the killers of Garda Adrian Donohoe.

Escape

A fourth suspect managed to escape and is understood to be in hiding in a Border location.

Gardaí believe the gang got "spooked" ahead of the botched raid after noticing Garda activity in the rural town.

The gang is suspected of up to half a dozen cross-Border ATM raids this year in a spree investigated by specialist gardaí and PSNI officers.

Gardaí in local and national Garda units were involved in the operation, which had been ongoing for a number of weeks.

However, they had been conducting covert surveillance on the gang since earlier this year.

The planned intervention happened just as the digger was being prepared to drag the ATM from the wall of the building.

Wreckage from a dark-coloured 4x4-type vehicle was strewn across the footpath on the opposite side of the road to the ATM.

The three men are believed to be linked to a crime gang who are the chief suspects for the robbery of €480,000 in raids in Kells in the early hours of Good Friday morning last.

The gang is also suspected of robberies in Castleblayney, Ballybay and Kingscourt.

Irish Independent

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