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Motor dealers charged with theft of €560k worth of Range Rovers and Volvos

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Court: Businessmen Paddy Hartnett and Bernard Dalton were arrested this morning
Court: Businessmen Paddy Hartnett and Bernard Dalton were arrested this morning

TWO motor dealers have been charged with theft of more than €500,000 worth of cars.

Businessmen Paddy Hartnett (60) of Hawthorn Wood, Suncroft, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, and Bernard Dalton (54) with an address at Foxfield House, Killenard, Co. Laois appeared at Dublin District Court today.

The pair were arrested by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI) and each face ten counts of theft of vehicles – Volvos and Range Rovers – valued between €22,000 to €116,000.

The charges state the cars, worth approximately €560,000, were the property of the Ford Credit Europe, a financial institution which provides a range of services to the motor trade.

It is the alleged the thefts occurred at the men's business, Chapman's Garage on the Dublin Road, in Co. Kildare, in 2007 and 2008.

Det Garda Siobhan Moore, of the GBFI, told Judge Anthony Halpin that the two men were arrested this morning and “made no reply” when they were charged with the offences.

They were then given copies of the charges and brought to court.

There was no objection to bail and Det Garda Moore said the DPP has directed that they should be returned for trial on indictment. This means the case will be dealt with at a higher level, in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Det Gda Moore requested an eight-week adjournment for the book of evidence to be prepared.

No plea was entered and they were remanded on bail in their own bonds of €200 to appear again on July 9 when they are to be served with books of evidence and sent forward for trial.