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Sunday 21 September 2014

Garda raid uncovers treasure trove of jewellery

Published 31/07/2014 | 02:30

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A Garda spokesman said the jewellery has not been formally appraised, so they were not able to say how much it is worth
A Garda spokesman said the jewellery has not been formally appraised, so they were not able to say how much it is worth

GARDAI are seeking the owners of a treasure trove of jewellery which was seized as part of a crackdown on organised burglary gangs.

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Dozens of items of jewellery, ranging from what appears to be family heirlooms to jewel-encrusted watches, were recovered when members of the Garda Organised Crime Unit stopped a car yesterday as part of Operation Fiacla in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

Three males, two aged in their 20s and one in his 50s, were arrested and charged in connection with the incident at the Blanchardstown District Court yesterday. A fourth man in his 50s was released without charge.

The jewellery includes a picture locket (inset) in which two women – one of whom is wearing formal wear – pose with an older lady in what appears to be a family photo.

Other items include gold wedding bands, gold chains, antique rings and engagement rings, bracelets, crosses and pendants as well as vintage watches and watches encrusted with what appears to be diamonds and other jewels.

A Garda spokesman said the jewellery has not been formally appraised, so they were not able to say how much it is worth.

But the items may well hold monetary, if not sentimental, value for their rightful owners and could include treasured family heirlooms, he added.

Photos of the items have been posted on the Garda website at www.garda.ie.

Anyone who believes the items to be theirs is asked to contact the Organised Crime Unit on 01 666 3434 to begin the process of returning the items to their owners.

Anyone making a claim for the items will have to prove to gardai that they are owners through receipts, photographs, valuation records, inscriptions on the items themselves or statements to gardai following burglaries.

Gardai said the stolen items could have come from anywhere and not necessarily in the vicinity of Rathcoole.

The arrest is part of a nationwide crackdown on house burglaries by organised travelling gangs that have skyrocketed since the start of the recession.

Irish Independent

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