Belfast Telegraph

Trio kidnapped during robbery bid

An armed gang held three women hostage during the latest so-called tiger kidnapping.

Four men, wearing balaclavas and armed with crowbars and a sledge hammer, forced their way into the home of Anne Ennis, a post office assistant in Prosperous, Co Kildare, shortly after 1am.

Ms Ennis's mother, aged in her 70s, and sister were also in the house and were locked into a bedroom guarded by two men.

Ms Ennis was driven by the other two gang members to the local post office. The plot was foiled by security procedures and systems as the gang members could not get access to cash. They brought Ms Ennis back to her house and bundled her into the room with the other women before fleeing the scene.

One of the three then managed to break out of the room and raise the alarm. None of the women were injured in the incident, which gardai described as traumatic.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious at the home and the post office between 1am and 2.30am, or in the last week, to come forward

It is the third tiger kidnapping this year. A garda was beaten with shovels and bars after he confronted four masked men at a post office in Cloonfad on the Mayo/Roscommon border earlier this month. The four raiders had entered a private house adjoining the post office and tied up the retired postmaster, aged in his 70s.

The shocked man was bundled into a car and taken to the home of the new postmistress, Geraldine Finnegan, in nearby Williamstown, east Galway.

Ms Finnegan and her elderly parents were abducted and taken back to the first house, where all four were imprisoned overnight. The alarm was raised when Ms Finnegan's brother found the family home empty and the gang fled empty-handed after being confronted by gardai.

Just two days earlier, An Post executive Liam O'Sullivan, his wife Mary and two children were held up by at least four armed raiders in their Co Kildare home. Mr O'Sullivan was forced to go to the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street to get money. But his wife - the sister of Fianna Fail whip Sean O Fearghail - managed to free herself and the gang escaped empty-handed.


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