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Cash in transit robbery suspects linked to major gang released without charge

One of the men arrested is 34-year-old who has previously been jailed for armed robbery

Crumlin Garda Station

Alan Sherry

FOUR people arrested this week over a €50,000 cash-in-transit robbery in Dublin earlier this year have been released without charge.

Gardai arrested three men and a woman this week in connection with the armed robbery outside the Post Office on the Old Country Road in Crumlin on June 3rd.

The suspects are linked to a well-known armed robbery gang from the Crumlin area.

One of the men arrested is 34-year-old who has previously been jailed for armed robbery. He is a career criminal from the Crumlin area and is part a group of armed robbers from that locality.

When he was serving a sentence for armed robbery, he took part in a vicious jail house attack on a rival criminal.

Gardai also arrested a man aged in his 20s who had links to Dylan Byrne who died in a car crash in Roscommon five years ago.

Byrne was a backseat passenger in a car being driven by career criminal Luigi Forte who later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death. Forte, from New Street Gardens in Dublin 8, was an armed robber and also involved in a stolen car ring and burglaries. He had over 100 convictions and died last year.

The other people arrested in relation to the Crumlin raid are a woman in her 20s and man in his 30s.

Gardai said today that all four people arrested have been released without charge.

“The three men and one woman arrested in connection with an armed cash in transit robbery that occurred on the afternoon of Thursday, 3rd June, 2021, outside a post office on the Old County Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12, have all been released without charge and files are now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Investigations are ongoing,” a garda spokesperson said.

In the robbery a cash-in-transit worker was held at gunpoint and threatened before the cash box, believed to have contained up to €50,000, was stolen.

The suspect then fled the scene in a Ford Focus which was found a short distance away on Windmill Avenue.

Gardaí recovered the vehicle for a technical examination while the cash box wasn't located.

It was the second cash-in-transit robbery in the area in the space of three months.

Photograph of suspect released by An Garda Siochana

In February a cyclist dressed in an An Post uniform carried out a raid outside a post office in Crumlin Village.

Gardai are investigating if the two incidents are linked to the same crew.

A cash-in-transit employee had entered the premises with a cash box before being approached by a man holding a firearm.

The armed suspect then escaped on a bicycle down Windmill Road, in the direction of the Kildare Road, in Crumlin.

It’s believed the cash box taken in that raid contained around €50,000.

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