Parents ‘terrified’ as career criminals flee in car with toddler

A man arrested in connection with the theft of a car with a baby in it was on bail at the time.

Ardaí investigated reports of an attempted break-in in the hours after the vehicle incident and discovered €350,000 worth of cocaine on the kitchen counter of a home.

The career criminal, who was later arrested on suspicion of auto theft and pending warrants, sits between north downtown and Ballymun.

He was previously serving a lengthy prison sentence for heroin trafficking after being arrested in a 2006 Garda operation in west Dublin.

The 45-year-old suspect is believed to have been a drug addict for almost 30 years and owes money to Northside’s criminal gangs on a continuing basis.

He is also in the form of committing multiple burglaries while on bail.

The man was still being questioned after his arrest in north Dublin last night.

sources said the Irish Independent officials at Mountjoy Garda station were confident of filing charges in connection with Sunday’s incident in Cabra, Dublin.

St. Attracta Road in Cabra West is a mature residential suburb in north Dublin, where the neat houses wind in a long horseshoe on either side of the narrow street.

A young couple had just strapped their nine-month-old baby daughter into the baby seat of their Skoda car, leaving her in the back seat for a moment with their seven-year-old son.

However, just as they were about to return to their car, the older child ran back inside in a panic.

A man jumped into the driver’s seat and stole the car with the toddler still in the back seat.

The older child managed to escape.

The young parents watched in horror as their car was driven away towards Faussagh Road.

A relative recounted how the sequence of events came about and the sheer panic it caused.

“The parents were upset and when the car sped away, they ran after him,” the relative said.

“There was a learner driver on the street who saw the commotion and got the parents into their car and they followed the man who stole it.

“But they didn’t know which way he was going and it took them a while to catch up.

“He ran a red light somewhere and they ended up in Phoenix Park where the car accelerated and flew over the speed ramps. The learner driver couldn’t keep up.”

Frantic phone calls were made and gardaí were alerted, but the situation developed so quickly that the fear and panic persisted.

“The young parents were scared for their little daughter and thought she was still in the car but then the young mother received a call to say the baby had been found on Faussagh Road opposite a cluster of shops,” said the relative.

It is believed that shortly after driving away, the car thief noticed that there was a baby in the car.

However, instead of stopping and exiting the vehicle to ensure the baby’s safety, he pulled over, unbuckled the child from his seat, and left him on the way.

“The little girl was left on the path crying,” the relative said.

Faussagh Road is a busy main road connecting Phibsboro to Cabra West with constant traffic.

The baby, believed to be able to crawl, was left a short distance from the curb.

Neighbors on Faussagh Road spoke of their shock when they saw the child being taken from the stolen car and laid on the pavement.

A resident said: “Three women were chatting on the path 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 take care of it. Next, gardaí and an ambulance were at the scene and there was a lot of excitement.

“Nobody knew exactly what was going on. It was just a terrible thing that happened.”

The suspect was arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning by gardaí who were investigating reports of an attempted burglary.

In a bizarre twist, the Irish Independent may reveal that officers investigating the incident discovered five kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of €350,000 on a kitchen table.

It is understood a neighbor made an emergency call about the attempted break-in at Ballymun’s home and it took Gardaí several minutes to respond.

“The suspect had fled when Gardaí responded to that call, but upon entering the property, they discovered the massive cocaine haul,” a source said.

“The front door was smashed and there were reports of intruders but when the Gardaí arrived there was nobody but there was a lot of drugs.

“The suspect was arrested a short time later at a separate location north of the capital in the car that was stolen with the baby in Cabra.”

The man is now in custody at Mountjoy Garda train station, where he was being questioned about the car theft after being previously jailed on pending warrants for minor offences.

The suspect is understood not to be the controller of the massive drug shipment that was seized and has not yet been questioned about it.

“He’s in big trouble on a lot of fronts,” a source said. Parents ‘terrified’ as career criminals flee in car with toddler

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