Arrests over €500k Longford 'chop shop' on cards

Liam Cosgrove


Liam Cosgrove


Stolen property

A lorry with heavy good machinery which was found inside a large commercial premises in Edgeworthstown last week.

Gardaí are hoping to make significant inroads into the discovery of a over €500,000 worth of stolen industrial tools and machinery in Edgeworthstown last Thursday.

Suspected stolen industrial plant tools, trailers, vans, cars, engines and car parts were retrieved from a large industrial lock up premises during the planned operation.

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Units from the local Regional Support Unit, the Garda Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Longford Drugs Unit were all part of the search at the large industrial lock up.

Some of the seized items were identified as having been stolen in the UK over the past few months, and gardaí are currently trying to establish the origin of the rest of the goods.

Gardaí are especially concerned at how the find showed vans and cars having been disassembled and quarter panels chopped off to be reconnected to other vehicles.

During the course of the probe, detectives had been working with the London Metropolitan Police and other police forces in the UK alongside the stolen car unit in Dublin.

No arrests have yet been made, though garda chiefs remain confident of making significant headway in their investigations over the coming days.