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Hunt for owners of 'stolen' clock seized at auction


The clock seized at an auction by gardai

The clock seized at an auction by gardai

The clock seized at an auction by gardai

GARDAI intercepted the sale of this high-end antique clock at auction as they believe it was stolen in a burglary.

The expensive clock, which is understood to be worth around €10,000, was seized by gardai from Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin.

And now gardai are looking for the rightful owners.

Detectives became aware that criminals were planning to sell it at an auction in the St Stephen's Green area of the capital last October.

The Herald can reveal that officers acting on intelligence took possession of the clock on the afternoon of October 21 last before it could be entered for sale in the auction.

The men who had the property – two middle-aged criminals from Ballyfermot and Galway city – told gardai that they had bought the clock and claimed that they would furnish a receipt for the item.

However, almost three months has passed since then and the clock remains unclaimed in Pearse Street Garda Station.

A senior source explained: "Gardai believe that this clock was stolen in a burglary – most likely in the west of Ireland.

"This is a very valuable item and gardai are extremely keen for the owner of it to get in contact. What has become very clear is that the individuals who had this clock, have no intention of trying to claim it back from gardai."

Neither of the men were arrested when the clock was seized but their details were taken by investigating gardai who have established that they are well-known criminals.

The Herald has learnt that one of the men who had the clock is a known Ballyfermot drug dealer.

The other suspect is a notorious middle-aged Traveller criminal from Galway city who is facing serious charges in relation to drug dealing.

Anyone with information about the clock or its legitimate owner is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station at 01 6669000 or any garda station.