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  Gardaí in Balbriggan are investigating the robbery which took place on October 25.

Gardaí in Balbriggan are investigating the robbery which took place on October 25.

Gardaí in Balbriggan are investigating the robbery which took place on October 25.

A BUNGLING criminal was arrested after he had to get his getaway car towed from the scene of a botched robbery as he lost his car keys during a struggle.

Gardai have seized the car that was used in a botched robbery which had been towed to the criminal's home address.

The car was seized at the Coolock-based convicted drug dealer's home by detectives based at Balbriggan garda station in an operation on Monday afternoon following the terrifying attempted armed robbery in Lusk last Tuesday.

A hammer and a handgun were produced during the course of the attack in which a young couple were badly beaten after going on a reputable website to buy a car for a sum of around €10,000.

According to the account given to gardai, when the couple arrived in Rush, north Co Dublin to meet the seller and view the car which they had spotted on DoneDeal.ie, they were boxed in by a stolen black 10D reg Volvo car and were set upon by three men at South Shore Road.

The man received a number of serious blows which later required hospital treatment, while his partner sustained minor injuries in the attack.

However, the raiders escaped empty handed when they were fought off by the couple.

But, in a bizarre twist, one of the criminals dropped a car key at the scene for the vehicle which the men had used to travel to Rush from Coolock.

When the gang went back to this car, which had been parked in a nearby housing estate, they realised they did not have a key to the vehicle.

They fled the scene and a tow-truck was later called to remove the car from the area.

Botched

However, a local pensioner had noted the car's reg plate and contacted gardai after a TV appeal about the botched robbery.

After studying hours of CCTV over the weekend, gardai raided a drug dealer's house on Monday and seized his 02 reg car, which was being forensically examined last night.

The 32-year-old suspect, who was not arrested, is facing cannabis dealing charges before the courts and was previously jailed for ten years in England after being caught with €750,000 worth of cocaine.

Sources say that he has connections to major gangsters including the mob who murdered Benny Whitehouse outside a Balbriggan school in October.

kfoy@herald.ie


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