Monday 23 October 2017

Car theft gang 'provided getaway vehicles' for gun murders

Tom Brady Security Editor

A GANG suspected of stealing cars to order is believed to be responsible for supplying the getaway vehicles in two gangland murders carried out on the same day last month.

Intelligence indicates the vehicles, taken during burglaries, are passed on to gang bosses for use in serious crime.

Gardai believe the gang provided the stolen silver BMW used by the killers of Declan O'Reilly as he walked along the South Circular Road in Dublin with his young son on the night of September 24.

It had been stolen during a break-in the previous week at Monastery Rise, Clondalkin.

The car was abandoned and set alight following the murder, and a handgun was found inside.

Last week detectives investigating the shooting arrested a man in his 20s in the south inner city. They suspect he is part of the gang who supplied the BMW to the killers.

Declan O'Reilly's murder is thought to have been linked to the fatal stabbing of gangland thug Derek Glennon in his cell at Mountjoy jail in 2007.

O'Reilly was subsequently charged with the stabbing, but was unanimously acquitted in 2009 by a jury after they had studied CCTV coverage of the incident.

In the other gangland murder on September 24, a gunman shot Gerard Eglington dead at his home in Portarlington, Co Laois.

The killers had been seen around the town in the days leading up to the shooting, and gardai believe the car theft gang supplied their getaway vehicle.

Irish Independent

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