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The Costcutter store in Lusk  where 3 men were arrested after they attempted to rob the store on Saturday night.
Pic Frank Mc Grath

The Costcutter store in Lusk where 3 men were arrested after they attempted to rob the store on Saturday night. Pic Frank Mc Grath

The Costcutter store in Lusk where 3 men were arrested after they attempted to rob the store on Saturday night. Pic Frank Mc Grath

A SUM of €9,000 that went missing from a Dublin garda station has not yet been reimbursed to the owner of a shop and post office that it was robbed from in January.

An internal garda investigation was launched after the cash that was recovered after a robbery on the Costcutter shop in Lusk, Co Dublin, disappeared.

Gardai investigating the shop raid on January 19 arrested three suspects and recovered €26,600 out of a total of more than €31,000 from the robbery.

However, in February, when store owner John Wilson was asked to collect the recovered money from Balbriggan garda station, it was discovered there was a hole in one evidence bag and €9,000 was gone from it.

It was also discovered that €4,000 which was seized during a 2009 drug search had also gone missing from the same garda station while it was being stored in a strong room.

A male garda in his 30s was arrested last month as part of the ongoing investigation. He was released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP on the case.

 

compensation

But the missing cash has still not been reimbursed to Mr Wilson. A source told the Herald: "He still has not got the money back, and he has no idea how or when he will be paid it.

"As far as he is concerned the money is his. He is not looking for any interest or compensation, just the missing €9,000."

Mr Wilson would not comment on the matter when approached by the Herald.

A garda spokesperson said the matter is still under investigation and could not comment any further on it.

In March, the Herald broke the story of how the €9,000 went missing from Balbriggan Garda Station.

Gardai are satisfied the money was stolen and not mislaid.

The recovered €26,000 had been photographed and documented as evidence.

It was then stored in a secure 'walk-in' strong room with a specially reinforced door.

Sources say when a senior officer went to give the money back to Mr Wilson there was a ripped hole in one of them.

The money was counted and it was €9,000 short. No trace of the money could be found and no explanation could be given for its disappearance.

The cash involved is non-traceable in that no serial numbers were recorded, and it can be spent without trace.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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