4K MORE OF GARDA CASH MISSING
A garda who was arrested last week in relation to the theft of 9,000 is now suspected of stealing another cash haul from a secure area of the Dublin station.
As the inquiry into the handling of money by gardai intensifies, the Herald has learned that similar investigations have now been launched at three other stations.
The garda at the centre of the Balbriggan inquiry was quizzed by detectives last week before being released without charge. He is in his mid 30s and is currently suspended from duty.
A file on the suspect, who is considered “a loner” by colleagues, is now being prepared for the DPP.
An audit unit from the National Bureau of Investigation is working on the case in the station and is understood to be investigating “certain matters” going back years.
The Herald previously revealed that a number of officers have received internal notifications that they may have been involved in a possible technical breach of disciplinary regulations over the procedures for the handling, storing and moving of cash in the garda station.
However “this absolutely does not” imply any suggestion that the particular officers were involved in any wrongdoing. It is merely a matter of “fair procedure” instigated by senior garda management about the case.
The issue from came to light following the robbery of a post office and shop in Lusk in January.
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The cash was then placed in two evidence bags in a “secure walk in locker” at Balbriggan Garda Station. It is understood that the locker even has a specially reinforced door.
In the meantime three suspects were charged in connection with the robbery but when the Lusk postmaster John Wilson went to collect the recovered cash at Balbriggan station in mid February, gardai were greeted with a very disturbi tiffany and co australia ng development.
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The money was counted in front of him and it was 9,000 short. No trace of the money could be found and no explanation could be given for its disappearance.