Multiple Garda raids find €150,000 stolen property including machinery and trailers

Gardai at a checkpoint Pic: Mark Condren
Gardai at a checkpoint Pic: Mark Condren

FarmIreland Team

As part of Operation Thor, Gardaí from the Kilkenny/Carlow Division commenced a day of searches across a number of locations recently.

Gardai say multiple searches commenced on Thursday January, 12 and continued into today Friday 13, January.

The searches were conduction by members from Kilkenny and Thurles Detective Units and were carried out in Carlow Town, Urlingford, Freshford, Castlecomer, Cuffs Grange (Co. Kilkenny) and Moyne (Co. Tipperary).

A large volume of suspected stolen property has been recovered as part of this operation - early estimates put a value in excess of €150,000.

The property recovered includes power tools, machinery, trailers, ornaments, antiques and pedal cycles.

Gardai say no persons were arrested during the course of these searches and investigations are ongoing.

Crime gangs

Earlier this year it was revealed that crime gangs are targeting farmers in a racket in which stolen machinery is sold on - only to be stolen again, from its new owner, a short time later.

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Typically, such criminals will advertise stolen property, such as a trailer, and sell it second-hand for cash to an unsuspecting buyer. The transaction often takes place at the buyer's home or somewhere that the criminal won't be seen.

However, the buyer will typically find the newly bought item stolen a couple of weeks later - usually by the seller themselves, according to Colin Connolly, a former garda who is now the Rural Crime Prevention Executive for the Irish Farmers Association, (IFA),

He warned that a failure by rural-dwellers to take more responsibility for their goods is driving a cycle of criminal activity. People need to be more proactive in protecting their valuables, he said.

Yet many victims of rural crime are still not reporting thefts because they believe the goods won't be recovered or that they aren't doing enough to prevent burglaries in the first place.

"A lot of these people are people who still leave their keys in the door," he said.

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