Thieves break into station and steal €400,000 fire engine
Gardaí are investigating the theft of a fire engine from a fire station in Co Donegal.
Thieves broke into Stranorlar fire station overnight and made off with the Scania fire truck, which is estimated to be worth more than €400,000.
The truck, which came into service only last year, was later found close to the Border at Killygordan.
It has since been returned to the station for a technical examination.
A full investigation has been launched into the theft.
Gardaí are also investigating reports that the thieves even put on the sirens and flashing lights on the stolen vehicle.
Inspector Goretti Sheridan confirmed that vital equipment is missing from the fire engine. She appealed to anybody in the area with CCTV footage to contact gardaí.
Insp Sheridan said the theft of the fire engine was a real concern.
"The fact that the station was without a fire engine for several hours is a real worry," she said.
"These people might have thought this was funny but it could have been a much more serious incident had there been a fire overnight.
"There is also vital equipment missing.
"We are appealing to anybody who may know anything about this incident to contact Letterkenny garda station on 074 91 67100.
"We are also asking people in the Finn Valley area to check their CCTV footage in case the stolen fire truck may have featured on their CCTV."
The fire engine was eventually found after 8am at Monellan Road at the entrance to a forest.
The PSNI is also investigating the possibility that the fire engine may have been driven into Northern Ireland.