From All-Ireland membership star to main determine in ATM theft gang
A number one member of the organised ATM theft gang who was key to planning the meticulous raids has been a primary cross-Border goal for years.
rmagh man Danny O’Callaghan (32) was yesterday jailed for a complete of 10 years for taking part in a central function in organising and finishing up a spate of rural money machine thefts.
The Special Criminal Court discovered that the All-Ireland membership champion additionally had management of the “eye-watering” sums of cash they stole, which totalled nearly €800,000.
He had moved to Australia in his early 20s, in between successful membership titles with Crossmaglen Rangers in 2011 and 2012. Soon after, he started being investigated for crimes on either side of the Border.
His dwelling on Monog Road in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was additionally focused in an arson assault in 2015, which on the time was blamed on dissident republicans.
While he had no severe earlier convictions, gardaí suspect he was intently linked with different prolific border criminals working over the previous decade.
One of those males, gardaí consider, was additionally a number one member of a wider community of ATM thieves between 2018 and 2020.
A supply instructed the Irish Independent: “Other ATM thefts have been happening right now and a person very intently related to Danny O’Callaghan was thought of to be main that group.
“Gardaí suspect that both men were part of the same wider criminal network using their experience and connections along the Border to specialise in ATM robberies.”
The affiliate can’t be recognized for authorized causes as he’s presently earlier than the courts. He is dealing with prices referring to against the law that O’Callaghan was investigated for however is not a suspect for.
However, within the early hours of August 14, 2019, he was noticed by surveillance gardaí driving a stolen Land Cruiser throughout a foiled ATM theft on the Riverfront Hotel in Virginia, Co Cavan.
An organised crime gang concerned in stealing money machines had been made a precedence goal by gardaí and intelligence was acquired that O’Callaghan, together with Monaghan brothers Stephen, Gerard, and Ciaran Duffy, have been key members of the gang.
They had already stolen near €800,000 from 5 rural raids in Meath, Monaghan and Cavan in a five-month interval between December 2018 and April 2019.
Each time they used the identical modus operandi – stealing a digger from a close-by building web site earlier than utilizing it to tear an ATM from a enterprise premises and dropping it on to a trailer earlier than fleeing the scene.
This time, nevertheless, as they struck in Cavan, each transfer was being watched by gardaí connected to the National Surveillance Unit (NSU).
The investigation had been ongoing for months and officers covertly watched the gang’s preparations within the days earlier than the raid as they put their plans in place.
Just because the gang was about to intervene with the ATM, gardaí intervened. The Land Cruiser pushed by O’Callaghan was rammed by an SUV pushed by members of the Emergency Response Unit.
He managed to flee the scene, however was arrested at a later date.
Ciaran Duffy (28), the youngest of three siblings concerned within the gang, jumped from the excavator and ran. He was arrested a number of hours later hiding in the bathroom of the lodge.
His older brother Gerard (31) fled from the Land Cruiser and was detained hiding in undergrowth close by.
Gardaí had additionally acquired intelligence in regards to the gang’s “operation centre” and carried out a search of The Yard in Tullypole, Moynalty, Co Meath.
During an preliminary search about €298,000 in money, together with a money-counting machine, was recovered.
The premises was positioned underneath surveillance and 6 days later eldest brother Stephen (35) and Ciaran Duffy – who had simply been launched from garda custody – in addition to former GAA referee Niall Finnegan have been noticed in a Toyota Avensis on the yard.
They have been noticed by NSU members utilizing a digger in the back of the yard and when the Avensis was searched gardaí discovered €103,930 within the footwell and boot of the automobile.
Gardaí additionally searched the house of Stephen Duffy and located €15,000 stashed in a ride-along lawnmower.
They have been all charged and later entered responsible pleas.
Danny O’Callaghan denied the fees however was convicted following a trial. He yesterday turned the fifth and closing member of the gang to be sentenced after he was jailed for 10 years for 16 offences together with theft and finishing up crimes on behalf of a legal gang.
Stephen Duffy, a bag man for the crime group and one other main member, was given a four-year sentence for possessing stolen money.
His brother Gerard was jailed for a complete of seven years and 9 months for the tried theft of an ATM on the Riverfront Restaurant on the Main Street in Virginia, Co Cavan.
The youngest sibling Ciaran was given the identical sentence as Gerard Duffy for the tried financial institution machine theft and collaborating within the motion of money on behalf of a legal organisation.
Niall Finnegan (39) from Armagh, final yr acquired a three-year sentence for dealing with the gang’s stolen money.
The judges of the non-jury courtroom described the gang as “well-oiled”, saying they carried out audacious however meticulously deliberate raids.
The ATM thefts, they stated, had induced harm and worry throughout the communities they focused, however have been lastly stopped due to glorious police work.
While the legal investigation has concluded, the Criminal Assets Bureau is continuous its inquiries into the gang and to seek out out what occurred to the remainder of the cash that was by no means recovered.