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Man accused of taking 18 cars worth a total of €12k

A YOUNG man accused of stealing 18 cars, worth a combined total of €12,450, is facing trial.

Thomas McDonnell (21) is alleged to have stolen the cars over three months last year.

He is facing trail in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The defendant, of Barry Park in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with 18 counts of theft.

They relate to the theft of cars including an Audi A8, Renault Megane, Volkswagen Polo, Golf and Passat, an Alfa Romeo and a Volvo S40.

The cars were allegedly stolen on dates between August 15 and October 12 last year from locations on Dublin's northside, including Cromcastle Court in Coolock, Lanesborough Mews and Blasket Square in Blanchardstown and Seagrave Terrace in Finglas.

It is alleged that the vehicles were all older makes and models, with the two most expensive being a 2000-registered Nissan Primera, worth €1,400 and a 1997-registered Alfa Romeo, worth €1,200.

Judge Patrick McMahon remanded McDonnell on continuing bail to a date in May.