Stolen car used in crime spree

A car stolen from a private home in Ballybunion in the early hours of Monday was used in crimes in Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford in the space of 24 hours, gardaí believe.

The Opel Astra was taken after thieves burgled the Ballybunion home.

Gardaí from North Kerry travelled to Clonmel on Tuesday following the arrest of four people, who were travelling in the car when it was stopped on the outskirts of the Tipperary town late on Monday night by gardaí who had become suspicious of it. The occupants of the car, two males and two females, all from Limerick and in their 20s were arrested. Two were detained for questioning in Clonmel with the two others detained for questioning in Cahir.

The burglary occurred at around 2.30am on Monday morning after raiders broke into the house in Ballybunion while its occupants were sleeping, before driving off in the car in what gardaí believe was an opportunistic crime.

They are now appealing for anyone in the Ballybunion/North Kerry area who might have witnessed suspicious activity to contact them to aid in their investigation.