Family held hostage as 1m stolen from BoI
Friday, 27 February 2009 11:43
A gang of armed men are being sought after a bank official and his family were held hostage at their Co Kildare home overnight.
The gang forced their way into the home of a Bank of Ireland employee in Kilteel last night and took the worker’s partner, her mother and a seven-year-old child hostage.
The man’s partner was beaten before the family was taken away in their Volkswagon Golf 05-D 33720.
The official, who is in his 20s, was then forced to drive his car to the Bank of Ireland in College Green and withdraw at least 1m.
He left the money in his car in Clontarf. When the gang got the money, they released the family in the Ashbourne area.
Garda are now appealing for information on the cars used in the incident, the bank official’s red Toyota Celica (99 D 8856) and the family’s dark Volkswagon Golf (05-D-33720).
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Rathcoole/Kilteel areas at around 5.30am this morning or in the Clontarf or Ashbourne areas after 7am, are asked to contact garda on 045 884389.
No shots were fired during the incident but the family is said to be extremely traumatised.