Friday 15 December 2017

Garda arrested over €9,000 theft from station

Balbriggan Garda station where the money was stolen
Balbriggan Garda station where the money was stolen
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

A GARDA has been arrested for questioning about the theft of €9,000, which was being held in storage at Balbriggan garda station in north county Dublin.

The suspect, who is a rank and file member of the force and is in his mid 30s, was detained by officers at his home this morning.

He is being questioned this afternoon at a city centre station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held without charge for up to 24 hours.

Last month the Irish Independent disclosed that the missing money was suspected to be part of a €26,000 haul taken from the post office in Lusk, Co Dublin, last January.

The money went missing from an evidence bag while it was being held in a strongroom at Balbriggan station,

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had indicated yesterday that investigators were making good progress with their inquiries and he expected them to be completed shortly.

He said they were satisfied that the cash had not been mislaid.

The money was being stored as potential evidence in a criminal trial.

It was seized from a car, which had been intercepted by gardai, shortly after the post office raid.

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