Gang steals thousands in tiger kidnap
DUBLIN criminals took three people hostage during a tiger kidnapping before abandoning them in a disused quarry
A shop owner, his brother and his partner were taken hostage by a gang who forced them from their home in the middle of the night and held them captive in the nearby quarry.
Gardai believe at least four thugs were involved in the incident and were armed.
Three of the gang forced their way into a house at Lehery in Crosserlough, near Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, at around 1.45am yesterday.
They tied up the two men and the woman and took them from the house to the quarry in the shop owner's car.
An elderly man, understood to be the shop owner's father, who was sleeping upstairs at the time, was not disturbed.
Gardai said the gang demanded the alarm code and keys to the shop.
They then drove the shop owner to the town and ordered him at gunpoint to open the safe in his premises.
The victims were then left in the quarry until they were able to raise the alarm a few hours later.
The thugs made off with what gardai described as a substantial amount of cash, believed to be more than €10,000.
It is understood that the thugs made off with the safe from the local store.
A technical examination of the shop, quarry and the house in Crosserlough was carried out yesterday.
Investigating gardai said they are looking closely at a tiger kidnap gang based in the capital.
Detectives said the men spoke with Dublin accents, were wearing black and had their faces covered with ski masks.
One of the men is described as being of a slim build, while the other two are described as being broad.
Gardai were last night examining footage from CCTV cameras in the area. Local councillor Paddy O'Reilly said the community was "shocked and saddened" by the incident.
Garda investigations into the incident are continuing.