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Sunday 26 January 2020

Cartel crony lifted over €40k armed robbery of city cash-in-transit van

The man attacked Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch in Mountjoy
The man attacked Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch in Mountjoy

An out-of-control south inner city criminal, who has close links to the Kinahan cartel, has been arrested by gardai investigating the armed robbery of around €40,000 from a cash-in-transit van.

The 29-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by Kevin Street detectives over the weekend and questioned for a number of hours before being released without charge.

Senior sources said the suspect was identified from "good quality CCTV", and gardai are "very hopeful" of charges in the case.

The man, who is suspected of being armed with a handgun, targeted G4S security staff when they were delivering cash to an AIB ATM at 5.20am on December 10 in the Cornmarket area of the city.

He escaped on foot with a cash box which, if it had activated, would have released a special dye used to destroy all the banknotes in it.

As part of their arrest operation at the weekend, detectives raided two properties in the south inner city and seized a significant amount of cash.

It is not yet known if this cash is linked to the early morning cash-in-transit robbery, which was one of a number to happen this month.

Threatened

In a separate robbery on the same day, a cash box was stolen from a cash-in-transit van at Trim Retail Park, Navan Gate, Co Meath, after an employee was threatened by a man.

Just three days after this, a man with a firearm approached a cash-in-transit van employee on Taney Road, Dundrum, at around 10.35am.

The suspect fled the scene in a white van with a cash box, which contained an undisclosed sum of money.

Gardai said this van was found burned out on Taney Crescent a short time later.

Officers do not believe the criminal who was arrested over the weekend had any involvement in the other robberies.

At the time they appealed for information about the Cornmarket case.

"The incident occurred at Cornmarket, Dublin 8, at approximately 5.20am, December 10, when a lone male approached and threatened two security staff members outside a financial institution," a garda spokesman said.

"No shots were fired and there was no one physically harmed during the incident."

The gangster arrested by Kevin Street detectives is understood to be battling a severe heroin addiction and is in debt to his own associates for drugs money, according to sources.

When not in jail, the suspect is regularly spotted in the south inner city driving a sulky.

During one of his many times being locked up, he carried out a prison assault on a Hutch family member on the orders of the Kinahan cartel.

The suspect and a close associate targeted Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, in Mountjoy Prison in October 2015.

'Del Boy' escaped serious injury and he was later moved to a different prison.

The suspect was also involved in a savage assault on criminal Wayne Bradley in Mountjoy in December 2014 that resulted in Bradley needing three weeks of hospital treatment.

His associates are suspected of involvement in the gun murder of Declan O'Reilly in September 2012, while the robbery suspect was involved in -but never charged with - a brutal assault on murder victim Michael Kelly in a south inner city pub in August 2012, less than a year before Kelly was shot dead at a Luas line.

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