Elite cops nab Irish thieves
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• A gang of armed robbers who targeted containers at Dublin port have been arrested following a swoop by Ireland's elite Emergency Response Unit.
The raid by armed officers on a warehouse in Ashbourne, Co Meath, recovered some €200,000 worth of goods stolen from Dublin Port in a string of hold-ups over the past two months. The gang produced firearms, tied up staff, and loaded containers onto a trailer towed by their own tractor.
In December they took an Irish Ferries employee hostage with them as they drove off with €1.9m worth of cigarettes. The hostage was later released unharmed.
Police discovered the thieves' warehouse following a robbery of a €60,000 consignment of Easter eggs from the port last week.