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Sunday 21 October 2018

Breakthrough in investigation into spate quad bike thefts in Munster (€8k quad recovered)

Up to 40 quad bikes have been stolen from farms in Limerick so far this year

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Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Two men will appear in court this morning in relation to a large number of thefts of valuable quad bikes in the Munster region over the past year.

Following an investigation into the theft of Quad Bikes following burglaries in the Limerick/ Kerry and North Cork over the past twelve months Gardaí attached to Newcastlewest Garda Station have arrested two men.

The men (55 and 37) were arrested in the Kilmallock area of Co Limerick on Tuesday evening and detained at Newcastlewest and Bruff Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.

A Quad Bike with a value of €8,000 was recovered.

Gardai have said that investigations are continuing and further arrests are anticipated.

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.

There are around 10,000 ATVs in use on Irish farms
There are around 10,000 ATVs in use on Irish farms

It is believed that at least 40 quad bikes have been stolen from farms in Co. Limerick so far this year, potentially meaning that losses to local farmers could be in the hundreds of thousands of euro.

A number of farmers in the county feel as though they are being “targeted by organised gangs”, which appear to be prominent in rural areas of the county, particularly the west and south, and north Cork.

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