A leading member of an organized ATM gang who masterminded the meticulous raids that have been a top target across the Border for years.
rmagh man Danny O’Callaghan (32 years old) was yesterday jailed for a total of 10 years for playing a central role in organizing and carrying out a series of rural cash machine thefts.
The special criminal court found that the all-Ireland club champions also had control over the “attractive” money they had stolen, totaling almost 800,000 euros.
He moved to Australia in his early 20s, around the time of winning the club championship with Crossmaglen Rangers in 2011 and 2012. Soon after, he began being investigated for crime at both either side of the Border.
His home on Monog Road in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was also the target of an arson attack in 2015, at the time blamed on dissident republicans.
While he has no previous serious criminal record, gardaí suspects he has close ties to other prolific border criminals active over the past decade.
Gardaí believes one of these men was also a leading member of a broader network of ATM thefts between 2018 and 2020.
A source told Irish independence: “Other ATM thefts are taking place at this time and a man with close ties to Danny O’Callaghan is thought to be at the helm of that group.
“Gardaí suspects that both men belong to the same broader criminal network, using their experience and connections along the Border to specialize in ATM robberies.”
The associate cannot be identified for legal reasons as he is currently in court. He is facing charges in connection with a crime for which O’Callaghan was investigated but is no longer a suspect.
However, at dawn on August 14, 2019, he was discovered by surveillance while driving a stolen Land Cruiser during an ATM theft at the Riverfront Hotel in Virginia, Co Cavan.
An organized crime gang involved in the theft of cash machines was made a priority target by the gardaí and intelligence was received that O’Callaghan, along with the Monaghan brothers, Stephen, Gerard and Ciaran Duffy, are the key members of the gang.
They stole nearly 800,000 euros from five rural raids in Meath, Monaghan and Cavan over a five-month period from December 2018 to April 2019.
Each time, they used the same method – steal an excavator from a nearby construction site before using it to retrieve an ATM from a business and drop it into a trailer before fled the scene.
However, this time when they attacked in Cavan, Every move is monitored by gardaí under the National Monitoring Unit (NSU).
The investigation went on for months, and officers secretly watched the gang’s preparations in the days leading up to the raid as they carried out their plan.
Just as the group was about to interfere with the ATM, the gardaí intervened. The Land Cruiser driven by O’Callaghan was hit by an SUV driven by members of the Emergency Response Unit.
He tried to run away from the scene, but was arrested a day later.
Ciaran Duffy (28 years old), the youngest of three siblings who joined the gang, jumped from the excavator and ran away. He was arrested a few hours later while hiding in a hotel bathroom.
His brother Gerard (31 years old) fled the Land Cruiser and was taken into custody while hiding in the bushes nearby.
Gardaí also received intelligence on the gang’s “operational center” and conducted a search for The Yard in Tullypole, Moynalty, Co Meath.
During the initial search, approximately €298,000 in cash, along with a cash register, was recovered.
The facility was placed under surveillance and six days later eldest brother Stephen (35) and Ciaran Duffy – who had just been released from the garden – as well as former GAA referee Niall Finnegan were observed in a Toyota Avensis at Yard.
NSU members were observed by NSU members using an excavator at the end of the yard and when he searched the Avensis he found €103,930 in the vehicle’s footrest and trunk.
Gardaí also searched Stephen Duffy’s home and found 15,000 euros stored in a lawn mower running along the road.
They were all charged and later had to plead guilty.
Danny O’Callaghan denied the charges but was found guilty after a trial. He yesterday became the fifth and last member of the gang to be convicted after he was jailed for 10 years for 16 counts including theft and committing crimes on behalf of the gang. a criminal gang.
Stephen Duffy, a pickpocket for the crime group and another ringleader, was sentenced to four years for possession of stolen cash.
His brother, Gerard, was jailed a total of seven years and nine months for attempting to steal an ATM at the Riverfront Restaurant on Main Street in Virginia, Co Cavan.
The youngest brother Ciaran was sentenced to the same conviction as Gerard Duffy for conspiring to steal a bank machine and participating in the transportation of cash on behalf of a criminal syndicate.
Niall Finnegan, 39, of Armagh, was sentenced to three years in prison last year for handling stolen cash from the gang.
Judges of the no-jury court described the gang as “oily”, saying they carried out daring but meticulously planned raids.
The ATM thefts caused damage and fear in the communities they targeted, they said, but were ultimately prevented thanks to outstanding police work.
While the criminal investigation has ended, the Criminal Property Department is continuing to investigate the gang and to find out what happened to the rest of the money that was never recovered.
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