TWO young men were arrested last night and a substantial quantity of cash was seized by gardai investigating the theft of €20,000 from a pensioner.
Gardai hailed the arrests as a major development in the probe into the cruel robbery from the 70-year-old retired Cork brewery worker.
The man had agreed to show his life savings last Sunday to a young man who called to his home and identified himself as an undercover detective investigating counterfeit cash and robberies in the general Gurranabraher area of Cork's northside.
The money was then snatched from the pensioner, who was about to go to Medjugorje on pilgrimage.
The thief fled with an accomplice in a car off Sun Valley Drive.
At 5.30pm yesterday gardai arrested a man in his 20s at an address in Tower near Blarney. A large quantity of cash was located in the house and gardai also seized a car.
At 7.30pm, a second arrest was made in the Fair Hill area of Cork city.
The second man arrested was also in his 20s.