Monday 20 May 2019

Warning to gardai over €9,000 missing at station

Tom Brady Security Editor

Gardai in a station where €9,000 went missing from an evidence bag have been warned that an investigation could result in disciplinary action.

The warning is contained in a notice sent by the authorities to the majority of the staff employed at the station in Balbriggan in north county Dublin.

It was pointed out that the notification did not infer that the recipient was guilty of a breach of the disciplinary code.

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

The investigation team is trying to establish how many people handled the cash from the time it was recovered.

Garda authorities ordered the inquiries after it was determined that the missing money had not been mislaid elsewhere in the station.

It was seized from a getaway car, which had been intercepted and blocked by an anti-crime patrol shortly after the raid.

The evidence bag was kept in a safe in the strongroom.

The discrepancy was discovered in February when John Wilson, the owner of the Costcutter shop where the post office that had been robbed is located, called to the station to seek the return of the money.

Irish Independent

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