Friday 9 December 2016

'Prolific burglars' arrested after major overnight garda operation

Cathal McMahon

Published 04/08/2016 | 15:26

Two 'prolific burglars' have been arrested after a major garda operation overnight.

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Independent.ie has learned that the men, aged 37 and 38, were arrested in Dublin in the early hours of this morning travelling in a vehicle stolen earlier in Carlow town.

During a follow-up search a car taken during the course of a burglary in Tullow, Co Carlow the previous night was seized from a property in Tallaght, West Dublin.

It is understood that a Mitsubishi 4x4 was taken in the early hours of the morning from a property in Carlow town.

The owner woke up to hear the vehicle being driven away and he alerted gardaí.

Officers attached to the Dublin Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) were in Naas, Co Kildare at the time and they were alerted to the incident.

The armed officers, supported by gardaí from Finglas, Clondalkin and Carlow stations, intercepted the stolen vehicle and a second car travelling along the N7 Naas Road, Dublin at around 4.30am.

Two men, who are well-known to gardaí for burglary offences, were arrested and brought to Carlow station for questioning. They are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

During follow up searches at an apartment complex in Tallaght a third car - a Ford Focus - was recovered. The car was taken during the course of burglary in Tullow on August 3.

A senior source said: "This is a significant blow against criminality."

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