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Prison hood held over cash transit raids

A NOTORIOUS criminal who is suspected of being involved in nine armed cash-in-transit robberies in the last seven months has been arrested by gardai.

The 29-year-old Finglas criminal was arrested by detectives from Blanchardstown Garda Station in Cloverhill Prison yesterday morning and remained in custody last night.

He is serving a short sentence for theft-related offences after being arrested by the organised crime unit in Finglas last week.

The notorious hood – described as "extremely dangerous" by senior sources – was being questioned about three separate cash-in-transit robberies in west Dublin this year in which more than €100,000 was stolen.

The Herald previously revealed that the armed robber is the number one target for the organised crime unit and has been responsible for a wave of terror that stretched from Dublin to Wexford and Louth.

A senior source said: "This fella is something else – he is the most prolific cash-in-transit robber this country may have ever seen.

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"Investigations have established that he even drives around with a barrel of water in the clapped-out cars he uses for the jobs so he can wash the dye out of cash boxes that he robs."

The hood has progressed into serious armed robbery after being the main focus of an operation last year by detectives based in Dun Laoghaire after 'drive-offs' from service stations across the capital in which he drove off without paying for fuel. At the time, it was estimated that he had hit 50 service stations in that crime spree but the criminal activity that he has been involved in since March is of a much more serious nature.

Gardai believe that the suspect was involved in a botched €50,000 cash-in-transit robbery at West End retail park in Blanchardstown on August 13 when he raided a security truck delivering money to AIB.

After grabbing the cash box, the suspect – who was on his own – was unable to start his "banger" car and had to flee on foot.

Sources say that he was forced to dump the lucrative box into a hedge.

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