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Tuesday 20 March 2018

CCTV captures moment thieves make off with €30k tractor

CCTV image of John Deere tractor being stolen from a yard in Carlow.
CCTV image of John Deere tractor being stolen from a yard in Carlow.

Owners of a John Deere Tractor, worth an estimated €30,000, have released CCTV images of the machine being stolen.

Gardaí in Tullow are continuing to investigate the taking of a vehicle which occurred between March 17 and the early hours of March 18.

Gardai confirmed to that no arrests have yet been made and investigations are on-going.

The tractor was reported as stolen in the Rathoe area of Carlow.

CCTV image of the tractor before theft.
CCTV image of the tractor before theft.

It is understood the John Deere 6920 was stolen on in the early hours and the owners are offering a reward for information on the tractor which has an estimated value of €30,000.

The registration of the tractor is 05 MH 5303.

Stolen John Deere tractor
Stolen John Deere tractor

It is understood the machine was last seen in Castlecomer between 8.30pm and 9pm on March 17.

An appeal has been made for anybody with information on the tractors whereabouts to contact Carlow Garda station on 059-9136620.

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It comes as a rural crime expert has said criminal gangs are now targeting isolated rural areas in Munster and Connacht in order to avoid Garda detection along motorways.

It is understood the success of Operation Thor and its crackdown on crime in the midlands region is driving gangs onto less policed regional and back roads.

Experts say the criminals, mainly city-based, are now regularly staying in remote parts of Kerry, Cork, Clare, Mayo, Galway and Donegal for a couple of days before carrying out attacks on specific 'soft' targets.

"Kerry, Cork, Clare, Mayo, Donegal: those areas are being targeted without a doubt because they are now being seen as soft targets," says Colin Connolly, former Rural Crime Prevention Executive at the IFA.

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