Wednesday 22 November 2017

Jewellery thieves in dramatic car chase

Garda pursuit ended on Wentworth Place before gang tried to get away on foot

Myles Buchanan

Two people have been arrested in connection with a high-speed car chase involving the Garda Air Support Unit which ended with the recovery of an assortment of stolen jewellery.

Initially Gardai attempted to stop a suspect car on Friday night in Newrath, Rathnew. However, the vehicle failed to pull over and a chase ensued.

The pursuit continued through Bollarney and the Rocky Road, with the driver of the car being pursued committing numerous dangerous driving offences, including breaking red lights, speeding on the wrong side of the road and clipping the side mirrors of parked cars.

The Garda Air Support Unit was also contacted and offered assistance during the pursuit, which continued into Wicklow town.

The vehicle, a silver Audi, eventually came to a halt at the cul-de-sac on Wentworth Place and three people attempted to flee the scene.

One of the suspects was spotted discarding a sock as they tried to make their escape. After a chase on foot, a teenager was arrested and brought to Wicklow Garda Station to be interviewed.

Several items of jewellery were discovered inside the discarded rolled-up sock. A subsequent search of the abandoned car unearthed further amounts of jewellery, including necklaces, watches, rings and bracelets. A large jar of loose change was also found.

Gardai believe most of the jewellery was stolen from addresses in Dublin and are currently trying to return the items to their rightful owners.

On Saturday, as part of a follow-up investigation into the previous night’s incident, Gardai focused on Arklow during their search efforts for the two remaining suspects.

Another car chase ensued after a vehicle flagged by the Gardai to stop failed to do so. The Garda Air Support Unit was again involved. A man living locally in Arklow and known to the Gardai was later arrested and questioned at Arklow Garda Station. The recovery of the jewellery items was part of Operation Thor, which was established to tackle burglaries and house break-ins, especially those carried out by criminal gangs targeting different homes.

Wicklow People

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