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Man locked in car boot at gunpoint during tiger raid

Gardaí are investigating after the gang escaped with €100,000 from a post office run by the man’s parents.

File photo of the family post office in Newcastle West, Co Limerick
File photo of the family post office in Newcastle West, Co Limerick
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A MAN WAS abducted, held at gunpoint and locked in his own car boot by a gang yesterday during a tiger kidnapping.

The raiders are reported to have escaped with €100,000 after robbing a post office in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Tommy Kelliher, 25, was opening the post office run by his parents around 8.30am when he was held at gunpoint by a masked man. After holding him for an hour in his car, the gang contacted a woman who worked in the post office and ordered her to take money from the safe, the Irish Times reports.

The woman brought the cash to a woodland area between Carrigkerry and Athea in west Limerick around midday, the Irish Independent reports. According to RTE, gardai were only alerted after Mr Kelliher was discovered unharmed in the boot of his 09-registered black BMW at around 4pm.

Mr Kelliher’s parents were on holiday in Spain at the time of the incident, but were flying home last night. Tommy Kelliher Snr told the Irish Independent his son was unhurt, saying: “He’s fine. He is all right — that is the main thing. He has been through an awful ordeal.”

A garda spokesman told TheJournal.ie that investigations into the raid were continuing this morning.

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