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Man arrested in Dublin after stolen car recovered during garda op targeting online ads

Man arrested in Dublin after stolen car recovered during garda op targeting online ads

A man in his thirties was arrested in Dublin yesterday as part of a garda investigation targeting the sale of stolen cars being advertised online.

As part of Operation Thor, an operation was put in place by gardai targeting the selling of stolen cars which had been advertised online. 

On Tuesday, a man in his 30s was arrested in Rush, Co Dublin and a stolen Volvo car recovered. 

The man is currently being detained at Crumlin garda station as part of this investigation under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, as amended.

Gardai would like to warn the public that this type of scam is highly sophisticated. Cloned registration plates on the stolen car recovered by gardai matched another vehicle of the same type. 

Gardai are asking people who are thinking of buying second hand cars to exercise caution and carry out due diligence before parting with their money. 

Potential buyers should be wary of meeting sellers in public places other than at the home of the seller.  All documents should be thoroughly checked, including ensuring that the vehicle identification number (VIN; a 17-digit unique alpha-numeric code) matches the original registration document.  Other warning signs may include the seller not having two original vehicle keys or asking to change the arranged meeting place at short notice. 

The operation targeting these stolen vehicles is a collaboration between a number of units including detectives from Crumlin, the Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau and the Dublin Co-ordination & Tasking Unit.