Sunday 23 April 2017

Stolen bicycles and laptops found in van during major garda checkpoint

Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardai have arrested a man after they discovered a van stashed with stolen bicycles and laptops during a multi-agency checkpoint.

Five bicycles and 13 laptops were found in one van stopped on the hard shoulder of the M1 motorway on Sunday evening.

The items are all believed to be stolen property.

A sixth bicycle was discovered in foliage alongside where the van was parked.

Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Some of the items seized during a multi-agency checkpoint in Balbriggan. Picture: Garda Press Office

Gardaí arrested one man in his mid 30s and he has since been charged in relation to the incident.

The discovery was made as part of a multi-agencycheckpoint under Operation Thor.

Gardaí, Revenue Commissioners and compliance officers attached to the National Transport Authority, carried out the planned operation in Balbriggan between the hours of 2am and 7am on Sunday.

A further 10 people were arrested as part of the same operation.  Nine were arrested for drink driving offences and one for public order offences.

A total of 12 vehicles were also seized.

Six planned checkpoints were carried out by Gardaí attached to the DMR North Division Traffic Unit. They were assisted by the Divisional Burglary Response Unit, District Detective Unit, local and divisional based uniformed Gardaí and the Armed Support Unit. Officers from Revenue Customs and the National Transport Authority were present at each checkpoint.

In total 214 drivers were breath tested during the operation and in excess of 40 vehicles were searched.

Revenue Customs officers tested 143 vehicles for potential breaches of Excise legislation, resulting in four marked gas oil detections.

Gardaí said 176 itaxi drivers were checked by compliance officers from the National Transport Authority.

A number of Fixed Payment Notices were issued for a range of offences. One person was detected operating without a valid small public service vehicle driver licence.

On Saturday morning gardaí attached to the DMR North Divisional Traffic unit assisted by DMR Traffic Dublin Castle arrested four people for drunk driving offences and seized three vehicles under Operation Surround coordinated in the Skerries area.    

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