Housemates in shock after thieves stole three cars from apartment block
The cars stolen were a brand new Audi A4, a BMW Series M Sport and a Volkswagen Scirocco
Published 14/09/2016 | 11:44
Three people have been left in a state of shock after thieves broke into their apartment complex and stole their cars.
The incident occurred yesterday morning at 5am in the Abbeyfield Complex in Milltown, Dublin.
One of the vehicles, an Audi A4, was just six weeks old. The other cars stolen were a BMW Series M Sport and a Volkswagen Scirocco.
The keys were in the apartment shared by Richard McElwee, his sister Roz and her boyfriend Dermot Donaghy.
The trio were awoken by an unusual noise, when Mr Donaghy looked out the window and could see people walking around in the car park outside the complex.
Mr Donaghy contacted Gardai straight away and they arrived at the scene within five minutes.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. We have been working around the clock, looking for a lead or avenue that we can try pursue,” Richard McElwee told Independent.ie.
“Everyone is a little bit freaked out about it.
“There was much discussion as to where you should keep your keys, do you keep them on the hall stand or up in your room, but that doesn’t really matter now. The important thing is none of us came into harm's way,” he said.
There were some markings on the front door, indicating forced entry.
Gardai are currently investigating the matter but no arrests have yet been made.
Mr McElwee is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
The cars are described as follows:
- Audi A4 162-D-9090 (navy)
- BMW 1 Series M Sport 132-D-4515 (blue)
- VW Scirocco 12-D-36808 (metallic grey)
Finbarr Garland, former head of the Garda Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit said the flatmates may have been stalked by the thieves to find out where the owners of these cars lived.
"I would certainly think that the cars were stolen to order because they were high value and easy to sell on, and yes it is possible that they were trying to find out where the owner of the Audi A4 in particular lived so they could get the keys when the opportunity arose," he told Philip Boucher-Hayes on RTÉ's Liveline this afternoon.
Mr Garland said the number stolen suggested that there were at least four people involved: "one to drive them there and then three to take the cars away.”
Anyone with information is to contact Donnybrook Garda Station on 01 – 6669200.