Claremorris Community Engagement Gardaí acting on information received regarding persons involved in handling stolen goods in Ballyhaunis Town put an operation in place last Tuesday resulting in a vehicle being stopped and searched.

The search resulted in the recovery of a high value bicycle frame valued at €3000 that is believed to have been stolen in the UK in September.

The driver of the vehicle has been spoken to in relation to the property.

In a pre-planned follow up operation Claremorris Gardaí, supported by Detectives from Mayo Crime Hub and Gardaí from Castlerea and Tubbercurry, executed a Search Warrant at a residential premises in the Ballinlough area of Co Roscommon.

The follow up search resulted in the recovery of another bicycle frame valued at €5000 and bicycle components valued at €600. These were also believed to have been stolen in the UK in September 2019. In addition a quantity of power tools valued at €4000 were recovered. These are believed to have been taken during burglaries of building sites in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo in November 2018 and in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon in August 2019. Three motor bikes valued at approximately €15000 were also seized. Enquiries are ongoing to confirm whether these have also been reported stolen in the UK. Further tools and bicycle frames/components believed to be stolen valued at €3000 were also recovered as part of the operation. The total value of property recovered during this operation is €30,600.

Claremorris Superintendent Gabriel Moran says “This operation by An Garda Síochána in support of Operation Thor highlights the importance of householders and businesses recording serial numbers and descriptions of their property. This has allowed the identification and recovery of property in this operation. This is especially important in the run up to Christmas where purchases of valuable gifts and items in the New Year sales.

Gardai are appealing to members of the public who become aware of people offering goods in suspicious circumstances or at suspiciously low prices to bring this to the attention of An Garda Síochána.  This can be done by contacting their local Garda station (Claremorris 0949372080) or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Claremorris Gardaí can reassure the community that incidents of Burglary have reduced this year and that with the cooperation of the community we will continue to work to prevent offending, bring offenders to justice, and recover property for its rightful owners.”



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