Armed thieves tie up night porter and escape with €6,000

By Brendan Grehan

GARDAÍ IN Lucan are investigating an armed robbery that happened at Finnstown House on Tuesday morning (October 27).

A Garda spokesman told The Echo that at 4.10am last Tuesday, two masked men entered the hotel. One was brandishing what appeared to be a firearm.

A 27-year-old night porter was tied up with cable ties and marched into a back office at the hotel before being forced to hand over around €6,000 in cash to the two raiders. The two raiders escaped in a silver Audi, believed to be an A5.

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The armed robbery is the second to happen at Finnstown House Hotel in the last 18 months.

Previously €10,000 was stolen at around 3am on August 25, 2014, when the raiders broke into the property and threatened to kill three staff members before tying them up.

On that occasion, one of the criminals was armed with a handgun. After targeting the staff members, the raiders got access to a safe with cash in it.

The duo then escaped from the scene in a stolen green Suzuki Swift, which was found burnt out in the Hillcrest Way estate in Lucan. The hotel is managed by businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01 666 7300, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111, or any garda station.

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