Sunday 17 December 2017

Four men charged over €1m jewellery heist

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

FOUR men charged with the theft of over €1m worth of jewellery have been remanded in custody.

The four, who are all Lithuanian citizens, appeared before Galway District Court today. All four men were remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday.

The men, Saulius Repecka (36), Irmantas Paulauskas (37), Erikas Matusevicius (35) and Vaidas Pinelis (28) were all charged with one count of robbery.

The court was told the matter related to the theft of €1.099m worth of jewellery from a store in the city centre.

A Russian and Lithuanian interpreter were on hand at the bail hearing to assist the four men. None of the men had addresses in the State.

Gardai objected to bail applications by three of the men citing the seriousness of the charge and that they believed the men, who had no fixed abode in the country, to be a flight risk.

They added that the men were believed to have been in the country for a number of days, travelling here from Lithuania in the past few days.

Judge Mary Fahy was told the charge related to the robbery of property in excess of €1m and was one that could result in life imprisonment.

The court heard that possible further charges could follow under the Firearms and Offences Act and analysis was currently being carried out on items seized.

Free legal aid was granted to the men.

The men will appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow morning.

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