THREE men have been charged with having goods worth €500,000 stolen from warehouses.
Brand new commercial coffee machines, clothing – including around €30,000 worth of children's and adult's leisure wear – and a range of vitamin products were seized by gardai during a search of a storage unit premises at Straffan, Co Kildare.
All the items are believed to have been the proceeds of various robberies in Dublin over the past three months and are still in the process of being catalogued by gardai.
The operation was carried out by members of the Organised Crime Unit and National Bureau of Criminal Investigations with help from the Air Support Unit and the Garda National Drugs Unit.
Four men were arrested following the search on Wednesday.
One man, from west Dublin, was released without charge on Thursday. The other three appeared yesterday before Judge Desmond Zaidan at Kilcock District Court.
Patrick Perry, aged in his early 20s and with an address at Clondalkin; David Shiels (41), of Arthur Griffith Court, Lucan, Co Dublin; and John Bailey (32), of Foxdene Drive, Balgaddy, Lucan, Co Dublin, were released on bail pending directions by the DPP, after being charged with a holding charge of possession of stolen property.
They were ordered to appear before Naas District Court on April 4.
All three have been instructed to observe strict bail conditions.
They must lodge their own bonds of €4,000, sign on three times a week at their local garda station and observe a curfew of 8pm to 7am.
The men were also barred from entering any business or industrial estate or any storage units in the Republic.
And they must continue to live at their usual address or notify any change of address to gardai within 24 hours.
In addition, Patrick Perry has been barred from associating with David Shiels and John Bailey.
All three men made applications for legal aid, but Judge Zaidan said he would await a statement of means from them before making his decision on this.