Farmers warned as high-end quad bikes are targeted by gang in crime spree
Gardai in Kerry believe one gang is responsible for a crime spree in North Kerry targeting high end quad bikes.
The Kerryman reports that the incidents took place late on Thursday/early Friday in a couple of raids on unsecured agricultural sheds in the North Kerry area.
Gardaí in Listowel believe the one gang is responsible for both raids, which occurred in Moyvane and Tarbert - just miles apart - within hours of each other.
The thieves entered a shed on a farm in Murhur, Moyvane, sometime between 7pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday, taking a relatively new Suzuki quad. Meanwhile, between 9pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday thieves stole a Honda TRX500 quad from another unsecured outhouse at a property in Woodlands, Tarbert.
Gardaí are now warning farmers - who use the compact four-wheel vehicles in the main - to make sure the 'bikes' are firmly secured when not in use.
"The theft of quad bikes is becoming a big issue nationally, and we would advise all owners to make sure they are secured when not in use," a garda said.
Recently, farmers Co. Limerick have expressed their frustration with the lack of garda resources in rural areas, following a spate of quad bike thefts this year.