Dissident Republicans may be behind the theft of thousands of cases of Jameson Whiskey, Jack Daniel's Whiskey and Bombay Sapphire Gin with an estimated value of €500,000 which were stolen in a Dublin raid.
Gardai are now appealing for witnesses after the spirits were stolen from a warehouse in Ballyfermot on November 14.
Gardai believe the alcohol may be offered for sale to the public. A gang got away with 2,580 cases of Jameson Whiskey, each case containing six 700ml bottles.
Each of the cases stolen has one of these three batch numbers - L428112153, L428312172, L42801614 - with each bottle having a corresponding batch number on the rear of the label.
An unknown number of cases of Bombay Sapphire gin, each containing six bottles (700ml), were also taken, as well as a number of cases of Jack Daniel's whiskey, also containing six bottles (700ml). Gardai have appealed to members of the public who have already been offered cases of the alcohol to make contact.
Two employees had been working in a warehouse in Parkwest Industrial Estate between 3pm and 4pm on November 14 when two men armed with iron bars entered the building.
They forced the employees to open the loading bay. At least three more men then arrived and the employees were tied up.
The raiders used two 40-foot trucks to steal the substantial amount of alcohol.
The trucks left Parkwest between 4pm and 4.30pm and travelled along Killeen Road up to the junction of Nangor Road, where they went left towards the Long Mile Road.
They then turned right onto the Naas Road and headed in the direction of the Red Cow roundabout. It is not known whether the trucks travelled onto the M50 or continued out the N7 towards Naas.
Gardai have appealed for information on the two tractor units and 40-foot containers used.