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Gardai quizzed the suspect (20s) yesterday over 11 incidents, including the burglary of a house, the theft of six cars and six attempted break-ins in Fermoy and Carrigaline on January 2.

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(Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

(Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

(Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A man has been charged following a spate of car thefts, a burglary, attempted break-ins and fraud in Co Cork earlier this month.

Gardai quizzed the suspect (20s) yesterday over 11 incidents, including the burglary of a house, the theft of six cars and six attempted break-ins in Fermoy and Carrigaline on January 2.

Officers were alerted to the first incident at around 6am when the occupant of a house in Duntahane Park, Fermoy, came down stairs to find the TV had been stolen along with other household items.

Gardaí later received reports that three cars in the same housing estate, and three cars in Carrigaline, had been broken into and items such as cash, sunglasses, headphones, bank cards and jewellery had been stolen.

A bank card stolen from one of the cars was later used at a petrol station in Cork city.

Attempts had also been made to break into three properties in Carrigaline.

Last Tuesday, gardai carried out a search at a house in Waterford where they recovered a TV that is believed to have been stolen from the house in Fermoy.

The suspect was then arrested in Cork city yesterday. He was brought to Fermoy Garda Station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

He has since been charged and is due to appear before Fermoy District Court on February 5, 2021 at 10.30am.

Speaking today, Crime Prevention Officer for the Cork North Division, Sergeant John Kelly said: "Wherever you park your car, we would always advise you to take your property with you and ensure the vehicle is locked and alarmed.

"I know it’s the last thing you want to do after a hard day’s work and sometimes it is impractical to remove tools and equipment into the house, but we must try make it difficult for criminals who see our vehicles as easy targets."

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