Friday 31 October 2014

Gardai appeal for information on stolen cars used in Andy Connors murder

Black Kia Sportage and white Opel Insignia stolen separately

Published 22/08/2014 | 18:54

Wedenesday 20 August 2014. Saggart, Co.Dublin. Andy Connors, murder.
Andy Connors

GARDAI investigating the shooting dead of Andy Connors in Saggart in Dublin earlier this week have renewed their appeal for information.

Investigating officers are particularly interested in the movements of stolen cars they believe may have been involved in the shooting.

The first car is a black Kia Sportage, stolen in Kilkenny on 16th July, and that was recovered in the Mount Argus Area of Dublin on August 19th.

The original number plate was 12 KK, but when it was recovered it was bearing 11 LK registration plates.

A second car - a white Opel Insignia - stolen in Carlow on 14th July, was recovered off the Blessington Road on August 19th.

This car, originally a 10 C registration, when recovered was bearing a 10 D registration.

Detective Inspector John Walsh of Tallaght Garda Station said "These cars were stolen a month before the incident and fitted with false plates. Somebody may have noticed them parked in a car park or stored at some facility and if anyone has information about these cars we’d like to hear from them."

Connors was hit by several bullets from a handgun in his upper body when his killer walked onto his property and shot the traveller gang boss through a patio window of his home in Saggart, south-west Dublin at around 11pm on Tuesday night.

‘Fat’ Andy was the leader of a gang of thugs who have terrorised people across Ireland in a nationwide campaign of hundreds of burglaries in recent years.

While rarely involved in the burglaries himself, Connors was the mastermind behind dozens of criminals who use high-powered cars to travel up and down the country’s motorway system.

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