Friday 20 April 2018

Powerful €70k car which was stolen, used in burglaries and led gardaí on a two hour chase recovered

The Audi S3 was stolen seven days ago
The Audi S3 was stolen seven days ago
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A €70,000 car that led gardaí on a two-hour chase across Dublin last week has been recovered.

Independent.ie has learned that the Audi S3 was stolen seven days ago and has been used in a number of burglaries in South Dublin.

Last Tuesday it was pursued for two hours by gardaí around the Dublin mountains.

Eventually the 2.7 litre twin turbo engine was able to outrun gardaí who were driving 1.7 litre Hyundai vehicles.

The last sighting of the vehicle was on the Blessington Road heading southwards.

A source told Independent.ie that gardaí working as part of Operation Waste and attached to the Garda Traffic Unit in Dublin Castle discovered the vehicle on Sunday.

"This car was being used in burglaries in South Dublin," according to the source. "It is a very powerful vehicle, 400 brake horse power. The car was parked offside when it was recovered so nobody was arrested, but gardaí have a fair idea of the crew who were using it.

"Gardaí would be hopeful of gleaning prints from inside the vehicle."

Forensics experts have not yet examined the car's interior.

The gang are suspected of fishing keys from homes and then stealing vehicles. This particular car was stolen on March 6.

A garda spokesman said: "A Car (Audi RS3) was taken during the course of a burglary in the Crumlin area of Dublin last week. It was recovered by Gardaí attached to ‘Operation Waste’, an investigation is ongoing."

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