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Fled scene Three arrested for catalytic convertor theft following garda chase

As gardaí approached, the men fled the scene closely followed by officers who gave chase on foot

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Three men have been arrested in Limerick after they were caught trying to steal a catalytic convertor from a car in Murroe in the early hours of this morning. 

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

However, when the men were disturbed they smashed the windscreen of the car before leaving the scene in a red VW.

After a description of the car was circulated to all gardaí in the Limerick Division, a similar car was spotted in Castletroy a short time later.

Gardaí then saw four men get out of the car and get into another one that was parked in Brookfield Hall housing estate.

As gardaí approached, the men fled the scene closely followed by officers who gave chase on foot.

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

“A search of the area was carried out in an attempt to arrest the fourth man but he was not located,” gardai said. “Following a search of the two cars gardaí seized equipment suspected for use of the theft of catalytic converters.

“Gardaí also discovered that the red VW had false licence plates. Both cars have been seized and sent for technical examination.”

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