A Garda manhunt was continuing this morning (Thursday) for a man, believed to be hiding out in Longford, who escaped from a Dublin garda station when let out for a cigarette break.
Search teams have so far failed to track down the man after he managed to give officers the slip by jumping over a wall and fleeing on foot.
Garda sources believe the suspect, from the Balbriggan area of Dublin, is seeking refuge at an unidentified Co Longford address, four weeks after his initial arrest.
The 20-year-old was stopped by gardai in Rush, north Co Dublin, on suspicion of stealing a car.
He was brought to Balbriggan Garda Station on July 15 for questioning, but escaped shortly afterwards.
It’s emerged the man made his escape shortly after asking to be allowed a short cigarette break in the station’s yard.
Almost as soon as he went outside, the young man jumped across a wall at the back of the station and ran off.
One of the reasons gardai have turned their attentions to Co Longford is largely due to a number of links the man has with the midlands based county.
“He has connections there so that is why it is thought that he is in Longford,” a source said. “There has been no sighting of him around Balbriggan, despite gardai conducting a number of searches.”
The man, who is a member of the Travelling community, has a number of previous convictions for minor offences, mostly for theft-related charges.