CAB targeting burglars' assets by seizing cars and cash from criminals
The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is cracking down on burglars' ill-gotten gains and has 30 known criminals in its cross hairs.
Recently CAB officers seized a €13,000 car from a 23-year-old unemployed dad of two in Tallaght.
Michael Wall from Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght had his car seized by officers who removed the vehicle from his mother’s property on September 16th last year, despite her flinging a brick at it, damaging the bonnet and smashing the windscreen.
Reports indicate that the car was being held by CAB at a facility in Blanchardstown when it was stolen two days later.
It was subsequently recovered and is now being stored at a more secure location.
CAB is aiming to strip ill-gotten gains from as many as 30 known criminals.
The revelation comes after two Traveller criminals had cars and cash taken from them by CAB through the High Court earlier this week.
Similar actions against more criminals and are expected before the courts in the new year.
Gangs have been targeted in Dublin, Waterford, Sligo and Mayo.
They have been using the country's motorway network to orchestrate a spate of burglaries.
Mr Justice Fullam ruled as proceeds of crime a car and €6,000 held in savings accounts of a man who CAB believes was involved in several burglaries.
The orders were made against Thomas Connors, with an address at Eldon Court, Leixlip, Co Kildare.
They related to a VW Golf bought last year with €17,000 in cash and €6,000 in an account in Dundrum Credit Union in Dublin.
Connors was not present in court for the application and no submissions opposing it were made on his behalf.
"One of the men CAB has targeted had bought and sold 19 cars for cash over a four-year period, yet was applying for legal aid in court," one senior source told the Herald.
"The gangs are not only from Irish Traveller backgrounds, but are also of eastern European origin."
It also emerged this week that seven out of 10 burglars released from prison in 2009 have committed another offence - mainly public order, burglary or theft - within three years.
This compares with six out of 10 released in 2008.
Gardai have been trying numerous methods in an attempt to catch the burglars, including an increase in checkpoints manned by armed officers and the use of 'heat map' technology to identify specific areas that are considered at high risk.