A large stolen machinery racket was blown open in north Co Dublin at the weekend.
Gardai from the Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit, CAB and local Garda stations were on hand to search a Balscaddan farm (pictured) at 8pm last Friday.
Stolen plant and machinery, including Fendt, Case and John Deere tractors with a value of up to a €1m, were uncovered.
The farm is believed to be owned by a local family who have rented it to another local farmer and machinery dealer. A Garda spokesman said that some of the stolen machines included a Fendt 714, two John Deere’s, a Case Maxim and a selection of vintage tractors along with several trailers.
Some of the tractors already had their identities changed or ‘ringed’. Three others were in the process of having their chassis numbers erased.
Most are believed to have been stolen in the UK, with one John Deere reportedly stolen in the past two weeks