The prime suspect in a robbery in which a nine-month-old baby was evicted when a thief stole a car has been arrested after he was stopped driving a Skoda Octavia he had taken from the child’s family.
e was stopped in North Dublin in the early hours of this morning by Gardaí who were earlier investigating an attempted aggravated break-in at a property where the suspect was staying in Ballymun.
The arrest comes after a horrific incident that saw a baby kidnapped when a car was stolen outside a house on St Attracta’s Road in Cabra on Sunday night. The baby was later found unharmed.
In a bizarre twist, Independent.ie is able to reveal that officers responding to the attempted burglary discovered five kilos of cocaine, valued at an estimated £300,000, on a kitchen table at the Ballymun property.
It is understood a neighbor made an emergency call about the home invasion and Gardai responded to the incident within minutes.
“The suspect had fled when Gardai responded to that call, but upon entering the property they discovered the cocaine shipment,” a source said.
“The front door was smashed and there were reports of intruders but when Gardai arrived there was nobody but there was a lot of drugs.
“The suspect was arrested a short time later at a separate location on the north side in the car that was stolen with the baby in Cabra,” the source added.
He is now being questioned about Sunday’s carjacking at Mountjoy Garda Station, having previously been arrested on pending warrants for minor offenses.
The suspect is believed to be a drug addict and not the controller of the confiscated drug shipment.
He has not yet been questioned about the cocaine seizure.
The development in the case comes as it emerged that the baby’s parents stopped a learner driver and were chasing the criminal as he sped away in their car.
A relative of the couple has told how the young parents were “desperate with fear” when the thief stole their vehicle from outside the family home on St Attracta Road in Cabra, Dublin.
The child’s mother and partner, both in their 20s, had exited the car with the engine running just outside their home with two young children in the back seat.
The thief is believed to have been eyeing the couple, then saw his opportunity and jumped into their Skoda seconds later around 7pm on Sunday. The baby was later found unharmed.
This morning, a relative of the family recounted the horror of the shocking incident.
The parents were furious and when the car sped away they ran after it down the street
said Independent.ie The young mother had strapped her nine-month-old baby into the car and put her seven-year-old child in a different seat.
“She ran back into the house for a moment and then the older kid came running in. The child jumped out of the car when the man got into the driver’s seat,” the relative said.
“The parents were upset and when the car sped away they ran after it down the street. There was a learner driver on the street who saw the commotion and made the parents get in their car and they followed the man who stole their car.
“But they didn’t know which way he was going and it took him a while to catch up with the car. He ran a red light somewhere and they eventually ended up in Phoenix Park where the car accelerated and flew over the speed ramps. The learner driver couldn’t keep up.
“The young parents were very afraid for their baby and thought it was still in the car. But then the new mum received a call to say the baby had been found on Fasaugh Road opposite a cluster of shops.”
Apparently, the thief noticed there was a baby in the car and pulled over, unbuckling the baby from the infant carrier and leaving the child on the way before the young parents caught up with the car after it was stolen.
“The baby was left on the path and was crying,” the relative said with tears in her eyes.
Residents on Fasaugh Road spoke of their shock when the baby was hastily removed from the stolen car and placed in the lane beside the busy road near a junction.
“Three women were talking on the way and next the car stopped and the man just got out and took the child from the back of the car and just left him on the path and sped away. They couldn’t believe what happened and ran to the child to think about it,” said a resident who lives near where the baby was abandoned.
“The next thing there was gardaí and an ambulance at the scene and a lot of excitement. Nobody knew exactly what was going on. It was just a horrible thing that happened.”
No one was arrested and the car was not recovered.
The incident is being investigated by detectives at Dublin’s Mountjoy Garda train station.
A source said the baby was unharmed in the incident and did not require medical care afterward.
CCTV is being examined to identify the thief and where he drove the car to.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/gardai-arrest-suspect-and-seize-350000-of-cocaine-after-car-stolen-with-nine-month-old-baby-inside-41936807.html Gardaí arrest suspect and seize €350,000 worth of cocaine after car carrying nine-month-old baby is stolen