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Gardai arrest 18 after operations based in Dublin shopping centres

Gardai arrest 18 after operations based in Dublin shopping centres

Eighteen people have been arrested and five cars were seized as part of an extensive garda operation yesterday.

Gardaí from the Northern Divisional Crime Task Force were joined by other garda units in carrying out ‘Operation Thor Retail Day of Action’ at the Pavilions and Omni Shopping Centres in Dublin.

The operation focused on warrant execution, checkpoints, public relations and arrests.

Gardaí said those arrested in the lead up to the operation had outstanding warrants.

The five cars seized were found to be in breach of Road Traffic Acts in and around the shopping centres.

In a statement Gardaí said there were eight detections in the course of the operation for offences including theft and fraud.

"A number of other crimes that came to light as a result of the operation will be followed up with positive lines of inquiry having been developed,” according to the statement.

Gardaí also established public relation stands to impart crime prevention advice to the public while Sergeant Peter Smith liaised with local store owners and security.