Monday 20 November 2017

Gardai quiz prisoner over post office raid

Tom Brady Security Editor

A man who was sent to prison on Saturday has been arrested by gardai investigating an armed robbery that took place the previous day.

This brings to five the number of suspects in garda custody in connection with a spate of gun raids in Dublin over the past six days.

The man, who is in his 20s, was taken out of prison yesterday for questioning about an armed raid on a post office at Bunting Road in Walkinstown, on the southside of the city, on Friday morning.

The suspect had been sent to prison on Saturday in connection with an unrelated crime.

He was taken from the jail yesterday morning by detectives investigating the raid, in which two men, armed with a shotgun and a hammer, held up staff and threatened customers.

One of the men attempted to smash a glass panel separating him from the staff but failed.

The second raider then fired a shot into the panel, injuring a female employee who was struck by glass in the face.

She was not badly injured but was traumatised by the incident.

The raiders then fled empty-handed from the post office into a maze of alleyways on the opposite side of Bunting Road.

The man was taken to Terenure garda station for questioning and was still being held there last night.

A week earlier, raiders took €13,000 from the same post office and gardai suspect that members of the same gang were involved in both robberies.

Meanwhile, officers investigating a €40,000 hold-up from a cash-in-transit van in Walkinstown on Saturday, made a fourth arrest yesterday afternoon.

The suspect was detained in the Tallaght area and taken to Terenure station under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Progress

Gardai are continuing to question two other men and a woman who were arrested on Monday afternoon following a series of searches, which resulted in the recovery of €38,000, a stolen cashbox and a handgun.

Officers said the gang behind the hold-up was well-known to them and its members were primarily from the Crumlin area of the city.

Local gardai are being backed up by detectives from the Organised Crime Unit in their inquiries.

Further arrests are expected as officers step up their searches for those involved in the other raids that have taken place across the city since Thursday.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the force has made significant progress with the raid inquiries.

Irish Independent

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