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Tiger kidnapping kingpin taken down in bust on cash-van heist

Tiger kidnapping kingpin taken down in bust on cash-van heist

One of the three men arrested by gardai today in Dunboyne, Co Meath during an intercepted cash-in-transit van robbery is believed to be Ireland’s top tiger kidnapping kingpin.

The individual is the chief suspect in a number of previous robberies, including the €225,000 raid at Dublin Airport last year.

Specialist gardai move in on the cash van during last year's robbery

The criminal is a man who received military training in Bulgaria by special forces over a decade ago and has links to an international crime network

A vehicle seized by officers at the scene 

Gardai say that one of the three men arrested today was wearing full body armor when captured.

In the operation lead by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and involving a number of Garda units, including the Special Crime Task Force, Gardaí intercepted a number of high level targets during the course of a cash in transit robbery outside a bank in Dunboyne.

There is believed to have been more than €1,000,000 in the van at the time of the failed raid with €250k being transferred to the bank. 

Two men were arrested at the scene and another man was arrested a short distance away.

The three men in their 30s are detained at Blanchardstown and Finglas Garda Stations.  

A firearm was recovered at the scene.