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Burglars raid Fat Andy’s home

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Andy Connors aka 'Fat Andy'
Andy Connors aka 'Fat Andy'

The wife of crime boss ‘Fat’ Andy Connors called the Gardaí to report she had been burgled after moving back to the family home for the first time since her husband’s murder.

In a twist of fate, Ann Connors, whose husband headed up a vicious traveller mob that terrorised householders around the country, became a victim of crime herself when she reported her Christmas presents were stolen from her home in Saggart.

The mother of six was livid when she realised she had been burgled after returning to her large bungalow, known as ‘The Ranch’, for the first time since ‘Fat’ Andy was gunned down by a suspected INLA hitman in 2014.

And she immediately phoned the Gardaí looking for assistance for her plight. Ann and her family have been on the move between the U.K. and Ireland since last year following advice from criminals Troy Jordan and Martin ‘the Viper’ Foley, who she hired to protect her after gang boss ‘Fat’ Andy was murdered in front of her and their children.

Both Jordan and Foley were close associates of ‘Fat’ Andy and knew the family well. Ann hopes they will represent her in ongoing disputes over money and land ownership with a well-known businessman.

As our photographs show, Ann has had some cosmetic enhancement in recent months and even went as far as denying who she was when approached by the Sunday World last week.

“Ann is in England. She won’t be back until next month,” she bizarrely told us as her children surrounded her at their caravan beside their luxury home.

‘Fat’ Andy led a traveller gang – known as the Pale Connors – who were one of the first to use the motorway network to target rural homes and regularly terrorised elderly and vulnerable people living on their own.

‘Fat’ Andy, who settled a hefty bill with CAB, was also suspected of involvement in drug dealing and it is believed he operated as a banker for the underworld for years, loaning money to major gangland criminals.

It is understood that he fell foul of renegade INLA extortionists with links to a well-known businessman.

Officers also suspect that details of his cut from his criminal takings emerged during the debacle and angered members of his own gang.

The Connors family believe they are the owners of a large, multi-million property portfolio, including land in Saggart and Tallaght, but it is understood that this may be under dispute.

Areal view of Fat Andy's home 

It is understood that drug dealer Jordan – the horse trader turned criminal who took over John Gilligan’s empire – had been hoping to purchase a site on Slade Road in Saggart from Mrs Connors, which had been on the market for €400,000 but has now been removed from sale.

Jordan is fighting to be declared bankrupt in an effort to fight off a CAB demand of €800,000.

Jordan was twice arrested in connection with the murder of Baiba Saulite, who was assassinated at the door of her home as her children slept upstairs.

He is suspected of supplying the gun that was used in her brutal murder, although it is understood he did not know what his then pal Marlo Hyland wanted it for when he handed it over.