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Friday 9 December 2016

Cars worth €90k stolen in seconds at southside home

Three cars with a combined value of around €90,000 were stolen from the same south Dublin home in just a matter of seconds.

Donnybrook gardai are investigating the theft of the three cars which happened in the Abbeyfield estate in Milltown shortly before 5am on Monday.

No arrests have been made and none of the vehicles have been recovered yet after an Audi A4, BMW I series and a VW Scirocco were taken by a gang of at least three criminals.

Targeted

The three stolen cars were last seen driving in convoy in the Milltown area, heading towards Dundrum, immediately after the robbery.

The criminals involved in the burglary are suspected of having the property under surveillance before they picked a lock and broke into the house.

They then robbed three separate car keys from a hall stand in the house before escaping in the stolen cars.

It is understood that a garda patrol had been in the area just minutes before the crime unfolded.

The three occupants of the house - two men aged 30 and a 29-year-old woman - were all asleep upstairs during the robbery.

One of the men was awoken by noise but by the time he went to investigate what was happening, the raiders had fled the area in the three stolen cars.

Gardai were called and rushed to the scene but there has been no major developments in the investigation since.

"People need to be aware of criminals who may be watching houses and looking to target potential victims in this type of crime," a source said last night.

Violent

"The reality is that the occupants are probably lucky that they were not awake to confront this gang as those situations can often end violently," the source added.

Earlier this week, it emerged that over 170 vehicles stolen by criminal gangs in Ireland and destined for sale abroad have been seized by gardai in less than two years.

Operation Waste has already been responsible for recovering motors worth €2m, including similar models to those taken on Monday morning in Milltown.

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