THERE’S been a major robbery in Dublin, with tactics similar to the Northern Bank heist reported by RTE. Copycat or cause for concern?
Gardaí are searching for a gang of armed and masked men who kidnapped a Dublin family, held them overnight and robbed more than 2 million from a security van.
Reacting to the robbery, the Taoiseach said that while he had no evidence, he believed the robbery could only have been carried out by one of a small number of criminal gangs or by a paramilitary group.
The men broke into the home of a family in Raheny in Dublin at around 10pm last night and held the two adults and two boys aged 13 and 17 hostage.
During the night the mother and two children were driven to Cruagh woods near Stepaside and tied up. They were held there while the father was forced to go to work as normal driving a security van.
The van was intercepted by members of the gang at the Strawberry Beds near the Phoenix Park in Dublin this morning.
Over 2million was taken from the van and the driver was also taken by the gang to Kinnegad in Co Westmeath where he was later released.
He is being treated at Mullingar Hospital for shock.
At around 10am this morning the mother and two children managed to free themselves, leave the woods and make their way to Stepaside Garda Station.
A major criminal investigation is now underway involving the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and gardaí from Stepaside, Raheny and the Midlands. It is being co-ordinated by the National Support Services.
Gardaí are also trying to establish whether this was the work of a criminal gang or a subversive organisation.