BREAKING: Man (30s) to appear at special Longford court sitting over alleged theft of car as owner defrosted windscreen

Man charged with unauthorised taking of a vehicle

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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Longford Courthouse.

A man is to appear at a special Longford District Court sitting this afternoon charged in connection to the alleged unauthorised taking of a vehicle in Longford town yesterday

A man in his early thirties is to appear at a special court sitting in Longford this afternoon charged in connection to allegedly stealing a car as its owner attempted to defrost its windscreen yesterday morning.

As first revealed by the Leader yesterday, the man was arrested by gardaí yesterday afternoon after officers recovered a VW Passat car which had been allegedly taken from outside a house on Longford town's Park Road at 6am.

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The alleged incident occurred after the owner of the car left the keys in the engine's ignition and momentarily returned to his house as the car's engine began to warm.

The Leader understands the man returned less than a minute later to find the car gone before immediately reporting the matter to gardaí.

A male suspect was consequently arrested after an investigation was launched with the alleged car being found outside a property in Longford.

He was taken to Longford Garda Station and questioned before later being charged with the alleged unauthorised taking of a vehicle.

He is due to appear at a special sitting of Longford District Court at 12pm before Judge Alan Mitchell.