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Charged Childhood friend of Daniel Kinahan due in court over €20K cash in transit robbery

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A man is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning charged in relation to a cash in transit robbery that took place in Dublin.

The man, aged in his 30s and from the south inner city, was a childhood friend of cartel boss Daniel Kinahan.

He was arrested yesterday morning by gardai investigating the robbery that took place on December 15 on Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

A second man, aged in his late teens, who was also arrested in relation to the robbery, has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A senior source revealed: "The older arrested man would have palled around with Kinahan a good bit when they were growing up in the Oliver Bond area and they were fairly friendly.

“But there is nothing to say that they are very closely associated anymore and the crime that he has been arrested for bears all the hallmarks of someone desperate to repay a drugs debt. It was pretty reckless."

During the robbery a security staff member was collecting a cash box from a retail premises on Thomas Street in Dublin at around 12.45pm on Tuesday of last week.

As he was returning to a security van he was approached and threatened by a lone man armed with a hammer.

This man took a cash box from the security man before fleeing the scene on a bicycle.

No one was physically harmed in the raid and none of the cash has been recovered.

Gardai say investigations are ongoing.

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