‘Tiger’ kid­nap could be linked to pre­vi­ous theft

GRANGE­CON TWO WOMEN HELD AS HOSTAGES IN TERRYIFYING OR­DEAL

Bray People - - Out And About At Christmas Time - Myles BUCHANAN

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.

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