Saturday 22 April 2017

Major operation against crime gang responsible for nationwide burglary campaign

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Cathal McMahon and Louise Kelly

Gardai have launched a major operation against a traveller crime gang suspected of being responsible for a nationwide burglary campaign

Over 80 gardai are taking part in a total of nine searches in the Waterford and Wexford areas.

Two women have been arrested and stolen property worth €75,000 was recovered.

The women, aged 44 and 46 years, are being detained at Enniscorthy Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Independent.ie has learned that officers are targeting a Wexford based mob who have been carrying out a series of burglaries over the last decade.

Gardai have also seized a caravan and a number of other items in the dawn raids which are ongoing.

The mob is based in the south east of the country and was a major target of Operation Fiacla which was launched in 2012. They are suspected of being behind raids across the island including in Donegal and South Armagh.

Members of the gang are involved in break ins and distraction thefts. A number of relatives have been investigated by the Criminal Assets Bureau attempting to launder their cash through car deals.

This morning’s searches are being conducted with the assistance of CAB, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit, Garda Air Support and Officers from Revenue Custom and Excise.

The women  - both in their mid 40's - were arrested and are currently detained at Enniscorthy Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

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