Saturday 18 November 2017

Gardaí warn secondhand car buyers of online dangers as man (30s) arrested and car seized

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Gardaí have warned the public after a man in his 30s was arrested following an operation targeting stolen cars being advertised online.

An intelligence led operation was put in place by Gardaí in Rush Co. Dublin yesterday designed to target those selling stolen cars online. A man was arrested and a Volvo car was recovered at the scene.

Gardaí have issued a warning to members of the public who are considering buying vehicles that have been advertised online.

A Garda statement read: "Gardaí are asking persons thinking of buying second hand cars to exercise caution and carry out due diligence before parting with their money.

"Potential buyers should be wary of meeting sellers in public places other than at the home of the seller. All documents should be thoroughly checked including ensuring that the vehicle identification number (VIN; a 17 digit unique alpha numeric code) matches the original registration document. 

"Other warning signs may include the seller not having two original vehicle keys or being asked to change the arranged meeting place at short notice."

The man is being detained at Crumlin Garda Station as part of this investigation under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.

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