SUSPECTED BOOKIES ROBBER ARRESTED AFTER DROPPING BANKNOTES ON STREET IN BALLYBAY

12 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A man who was arrested at the graveyard in Church Street, Ballybay on Monday evening last, following an incident in which almost €700 was taken from a bookmaker’s office in the town, was remanded in custody at a court in Dublin yesterday.
Two young girls from the locality had spotted banknotes lying at the Main Street–Church Street corner, and this had helped the gardai to track him down to the nearby graveyard, about half an hour after he had allegedly made off with money from the bookies shop.
It is understood that the 30-year-old man had been released from the Cuan Mhuire addiction support facility and was to have returned to his native Cork, but had instead remained in Ballybay on Monday. He had been placing bets at Tully Bookmakers during the day.
But when he entered the premises at about 7.30pm he reportedly had been involved in a scuffle with a female member of staff before allegedly making off with a sum amounting to €690.
A garda spokesperson confirmed that most of the money had been been recovered from the man.
Witnesses who spoke to the Northern Standard said he appeared to have been drinking throughout the day.
Michael Breen of no fixed abode, but believed to be from Co Cork originally, was charged at Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday with robbery, and was remanded in custody to appear at the same court this Friday.

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