Saturday 22 October 2016

Gardai arrest man wanted in Britain for €2.8m theft


An Garda Siochana
An Garda Siochana

Gardai have arrested a man who is wanted by the English police in relation to the theft of computer equipment worth €2.8m.

Karl Delaney (38), from Sallins, Co Kildare, was picked up by officers from the Extradition Unit in a planned operation in Mountrath, Co Laois, at around 6am yesterday.

Delaney, who has featured on both RTE's Crimecall and the BBC's Crimewatch, was brought before the High Court in Dublin after his dramatic arrest in a caravan that he had been staying in.

He was remanded in custody to appear before court on June 9 where an extradition hearing is expected to take place.


The fugitive is alleged to have been involved in the theft of the computer equipment which was en route to Holland from England.

English police have also been looking for Delaney in relation to a botched multi-million pound raid on a cash depot in in Swanley, Kent, on March 23, 2012.

On that occasion, a stolen digger was driven into the outside wall of the depot to allow the crooks inside. But the attempted raid turned to farce because, after ramming the wall repeatedly, one of the robbers climbed over the rubble to find an empty room.

When the gang entered a nearby warehouse, that was empty, too - and they ended up fleeing empty-handed.

Subsequently, inside an abandoned Mitsubishi 4x4 in a field, police found a two-way radio, a baseball bat and large white bags.

In a nearby bush, they discovered a balaclava, a snood and a running stopwatch.

English criminal Raymond Betson (53) was found guilty of attempted robbery at Maidstone Crown Court last summer and was jailed for 13 years in August.

At that sentencing hearing, investigating police revealed they were looking for Delaney, who had fled to Ireland at that stage.


Detective Inspector Rob Haines, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said afterwards: "The attempt displayed a level of violence, planning and organisation with the use of a digger, weapons, such as baseball bats, and a getaway vehicle."

Delaney has been on the run since January of last year when he failed to turn up for an extradition hearing at the High Court.

He had been previously granted bail while he fought his extradition to England but this was revoked by the court yesterday.

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