Sunday 18 February 2018

Stolen plant machinery linked to republicans

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI have uncovered a dissident republican link to a €1m scam in stolen plant machinery.

The plant haul was stolen in a series of raids in the UK over the past five months and then transported here for "ringing" with false numbers and plates before being put on sale again.

Gardai from the Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit recovered the machinery when they raided a number of rented warehouses at Balscadden, near The Naul, in north county Dublin at the weekend.

Inquiries into the identity of the gang behind the racket were stepped up last night.

But gardai are already satisfied that members of a dissident republican gang are behind the fundraising scam.

The recovered machinery included eight telehandlers, which are mini-telescopic cranes; six tractors; and a number of 30-tonne track machine excavators.

A total of 15 plant machinery units as well as a number of smaller items, with a retail value of €1m, were recovered.

The weekend search operation was triggered by intelligence emerging from inquiries carried out jointly over the past couple months by the gardai and Scotland Yard.

Irish Independent

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