Tiger raiders make off with €300,000 after kidnapping
A WELL-INFORMED tiger kidnap gang made off with €300,000 yesterday after holding a bank manager and his wife hostage overnight.
Gardai disclosed last night that the raiders appeared to have built up a large dossier, including details of the manager, Tony Walsh, and cash movements and procedures within his branch of Allied Irish Banks in Clondalkin, west Dublin.
The gang were aware that a large consignment of cash was being delivered yesterday morning and had details of the procedures adopted by staff.
They also devised a plan to ensure that little time would elapse between the removal of the cash from the bank and the drop-off. This allowed the money to be collected before gardai could place surveillance on the collection vehicle.
The ordeal for Mr Walsh (41) and his wife Anne, who is in her late 30s, began around 11.30pm on Wednesday when four men forced their way into their home at Domville Drive, Templeogue.
Two of the men were armed with a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun. They stayed with the couple until 5.30am, when two raiders left with Mrs Walsh in a black Volkswagen Golf with a 10 D registration. Gardai believe the car had false plates.
They brought Mrs Walsh to Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. She was tied to a gateway of a quarry at Ballybrew.
Her husband was ordered to drive one of the gang to Clondalkin in his wife's car, a black Nissan Qashqai, which has an 08 D registration. They left the house around 7am. The raider told Mr Walsh to go to his branch and collect a bag of cash.
Mr Walsh arrived at the bank around 9.45am. He left it at 10am with the cash in a bag.
The bank authorities had learned of the tiger kidnap and alerted the gardai. Mr Walsh had instructions to drive the car to near Cherrywood in Clondalkin, where he parked it.
Garda surveillance officers surrounded the car but were unable to move in until Mrs Walsh had been released. Around 12.45pm, she managed to free herself. She was badly traumatised but unhurt.
When gardai searched the car, they discovered that the money was already gone.
Gardai appealed to anybody who saw the VW Golf between Templeogue and Enniskerry or the Qashqai between Templeogue, Corkagh Park and AIB Clondalkin, to contact them at Terenure station (01 666 6400) or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.