SUITCASE TRAVEL THIEVES IN COURT
Two men arrested in connection with the ‘man in a suitcase’ robbery from an Air Coach bus travelling from Dublin to Cork are due to appear in front of Fermoy District Court this Friday, May 23.
However a bench warrant has been issued for one of the men who failed to appear in court in Cashel, Co. Tipperary last Monday following subsequent investigations last weekend by detectives during which €10,000 worth of electrical equipment, including mp3 players, DVDs and laptops were recovered from a property in the town.
The two men, originally from Eastern Europe, were arrested by waiting gardai when the bus stopped in Mitchelstown. The Air Coach head office had been informed by the bus driver that a stowaway may be on board after a passenger had spotted suspicious activity at the scheduled stop in Cashel.
On inspection of the bus’ luggage hold, a 17 year old man with two torches was discovered in a 4ft by 1ft suitcase with a laptop and camera belonging to another passenger. Both he and an 18 year old male accomplice who had placed the suitcase on board the bus and passed himself off as a passenger were arrested at approximately 1pm last Saturday.
An Air Coach spokesman said the company would carry out their own inquiry into the incident and investigate if similar thefts may have taken place in the past. He added that the company would examine methods to prevent incidents of this nature occurring in future.
Thursday 22nd May 7:40pm