Belfast Telegraph

Man robbed after wife is kidnapped

A director of a cash-in-transit security firm was forced to hand over tens of thousands of euro to an armed gang after his wife was kidnapped and threatened.

Gardai in Drogheda said the woman was taken from the family home in Monasterboice, Co Louth, at around 6am after being held along with her husband in the property since 9pm on Friday night.

She was found tied up at the back of a derelict house in Howth four hours later after the Briggs Allied executive was ordered to the firm's depot in Clonshaugh to obtain the cash, understood to be around 170,000 euro, for the three armed men involved.

A Garda spokesman said the couple had been through a traumatic experience and asked that their privacy be respected as they recovered.

At 6am the woman was taken from her house in a silver Mercedes registration 02 D 43757.

The vehicle was later found burned out outside the Howth Road property where she had been left.

A silver Toyota Landcruiser registration 01KE 843, which the bank official had been forced to drive, was later found abandoned and on fire in St John's Wood Ashbourne.

Gardia said the gang members all wore dark overalls and balaclavas.

Officers have appealed for information.

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