Thursday 14 November 2019

Gardai attempt to reunite 1,000 items of stolen jewellery with rightful owners

Jason Kennedy

Gardai are trying to find the rightful owners of over 1,000 items of jewellery which they recovered as part of operation Fiacla last month.

Gardai recovered the jewellery during a search operation on Sunday February 22.

The jewellery, which was all stolen before February 20 this year, ranges from rings to pocket watches to medals.

Gardai believe the goods were stolen from homes around the country, with a number of them already identified.

One of the identified pieces of jewellery was stolen from Dún Laoghaire and is worth an estimated €4,000, while other identified pieces are fifth to sixth generation heirlooms.

"We are anxious to reunite this property with its rightful owners," a garda spokesperson said.

"Some items are very valuable but also the less valuable may be of immense sentimental value."

Detective Inspector Noel Browne asked people to keep their valued items secure.

"There are always unfortunately people in our communities who insist on stealing other people's property. We're continually target them through Operation Fiacla, both the people who commit the crime and the people who receive the goods afterwards and attempt to make profits from them," he said.

"We're continually emphasising the need for people to be conscious of suspicious activity and we encourage people to contact us when and if they see something that they're not happy with."

The stolen jewellery can be viewed on the Garda website. People who believe their stolen goods are on the list can contact Gardai on 01 6663999 - a dedicated phoneline open from 9am to 5pm.

The stolen goods may not be returned straight away as they could be used as evidence to bring perpetrators to justice.

Detective Inspector Browne asked people to take photos of their goods whether they are expensive or just have sentimental valuable, as it will make it easier to identify them as the owners if they are stolen.

Gardai say they hope to disrupt the stolen goods markets and make it "less attractive for thieves to steal in the first place".

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