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Thursday 14 December 2017

Gardai probe gang links to An Post theft

GARDAI are investigating whether a Dublin-based An Post employee who allegedly stole a large number of bank cards was working with a north Dublin criminal gang.

The Baldoyle-based gang is led by two brothers who have been linked to a number of cash-in-transit robberies.

Gardai are examining if the employee was selling on the bank cards to the mobsters, who then used the cards to steal thousands of euros worth of goods.

A source revealed that the south Dublin employee is also being investigated for stealing 'One For All' vouchers and using them to purchase merchandise.

This aspect of the investigation is "at an advanced stage", according to sources.

"Whatever about the 'One For All' vouchers, this man would have good reasons to be worried about the fellas from Baldoyle – they are a serious crew," a source said.

"The analysis of CCTV has played a major part in this investigation, which has been ongoing for months."

WEEKEND

The employee who is in his 30s was released without charge from Terenure Garda Station over the weekend after being arrested last Friday.

Fraud squad detectives swooped on the suspect at a property in south Dublin where several items believed to have been stolen, including post, were found in the search.

Gardai investigating the interception, theft and unauthorised use of payment cards from the postal system quizzed the suspect at Terenure Garda Station.

A file will now be prepared for the DPP following the man's release and charges are 'likely'.

The matter is also the subject of an internal investigation in An Post, who are working with the garda experts.

This is common on any matters related to fraudulent activity at the national post service.

In a separate case, a post office manager who stole €1.75m from from his employer to fund his gambling habit was jailed for three years last December.

Tony O'Reilly, of Sandhills, Hacketstown Road, Carlow, stole the money from his post office over a 14-month period.

The thefts came to light only in June, 2011, during an audit at Gorey Post Office.

kfoy@herald.ie

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