‘Tiger’ kidnap could be linked to previous theft
GRANGECON TWO WOMEN HELD AS HOSTAGES IN TERRYIFYING ORDEAL
GARDAÍ ARE examining if a ‘Tiger’ kidnap drama involving two women being held hostage overnight at Grangecon is linked to another security company robbery almost two years ago.
Two days before Christmas Eve in the early hours of the morning a gang of at least five men burst into the County Kildare home of GSLS cash-in-transit Company Director Peter Nevin. He was at home with his wife and daughter.
The gang were all heavily armed and wearing balaclavas. They gave Mr. Nevin a mobile phone and told him they would contact him later on with further instructions.
His wife and daughter were then bundled into a vehicle and firstly brought to Newcastle in Dublin, before being held captive overnight in a jeep parked in an isolated spot in Grangecon.
Mr. Nevin was forced to go to his workplace in the Bluebell area of Dublin and steal over €1 million on behalf of the gang. He was then told by phone to drive to a location near Athgoe, County Kildare, where he handed over the money to some of the gang members sitting in a car.
The remaining gang members holding his wife and daughter hostage in Grangecon left the pair in the jeep and abandoned the scene.
Gardaí are examining similarities between this and another crime committed in January 2007 when armed raiders burst into the home of a Securicor employee in Lucan and took his wife hostage. The gang eventually made off with €1.24 million, while also leaving a similar amount of money behind in a van.
It has also come to light that the gardaí were aware of the kidnap plot and had prior knowledge but things broke down when the Organised Crime Unit took over the investigation.
It seems they were caught by surprise and missed the raiders.
A garda on duty at the crime scene.