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Cat trap Six arrested in Co Clare operation as gardai probe catalytic converter thefts

Six people are currently being detained at Ennis, Shannon and Kilrush Garda Stations

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Motorists are being urged to protect their vehicles as thefts of catalytic converters have soared during the pandemic (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Motorists are being urged to protect their vehicles as thefts of catalytic converters have soared during the pandemic (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Motorists are being urged to protect their vehicles as thefts of catalytic converters have soared during the pandemic (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Six people have been arrested in Co Clare as part of an ongoing operation targeting a suspected organised crime group involved in the theft of catalytic converters. 

Uniform gardai and detectives from the Clare Division arrested the five men and one woman in Ennis and the West Clare areas this morning.

“The six people, five men and one woman, are currently being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at Ennis, Shannon and Kilrush Garda Stations,” gardai said.

“This organised crime group are believed to be involved in the theft of catalytic converters and the sale of the precious metals contained within.”

There has been a spate of catalytic converter thefts recently, with three men arrested in Limerick over an attempted theft earlier last month.

Gardai received a report of a number of men who were attempting to take the catalytic convertor shortly before 12.30am on May 14.

When the men were disturbed, they smashed the windscreen of the car before leaving the scene in a red Volkswagen.

The men, aged in their late teens and early 20s, were later arrested and brought to Henry Street Garda Station where they were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

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