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Gang linked to major criminal have stolen goods seized by gardai


GARDAI in west Dublin have recovered more than €12,000 worth of building equipment three days after it was stolen in a well-planned burglary.

The seizures happened in two locations in Ballyfermot – Labre Park and Kylemore Grove – on Thursday evening.

They followed a major burglary at a garden centre in Dunboyne, Co Meath, in the early hours of Monday, when a large haul of building equipment was stolen.

This included an excavator, power generators, nail guns, lasers and power saws.

It is understood a gang arrived in a convoy of vans accompanied by “spotter” cars to carry out the burglary before travelling back to their Ballyfermot base. The haul was
destined for the black market.

However, gardai received information about the crime and pounced on the suspects on Thursday. They recovered all of the stolen goods, which will be returned to the owner.

The chief suspects for the crime form one of Ireland’s most prolific burglary gangs, and gardai have conducted a number of operations against them in recent months in a
nationwide investigation.

In September, officers seized more than €30,000 worth of power tools, plant machinery and a horse box in a special investigation targeting the mob.

Armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) officers backed up gardai from Ballyfermot Garda Station for that raid, which was also at Labre Park.

The gang has links to major criminal Michael ‘Bee’ Berry, who was released from jail last August after he was convicted of stealing more than €250,000 in an ATM raid in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, in July 2009.

Berry had been in custody since July 2011, when he was snared following a lengthy investigation by detectives based in the south east.

He has previous convictions for assault, theft and handling stolen property, and he was a close associate of slain Ballyfermot brothers Kenneth and Paul Corbally, who were shot dead in June 2010.