Jewellery worth a fortune recovered in garda probe
HUNDREDS of thousands of euro worth of stolen jewellery has been recovered as part of a garda operation targeting criminal gangs.
Watches, necklaces, and rings of gold and silver were all part of hundreds of expensive items recovered in a major search last month.
Operation Fiacla - which has been ongoing for a number of years now - was set up in light of an increase in burglaries across the country, and involves a dedicated garda team tracking down groups who are believed to be stealing jewellery from homes.
Under the operation, gardai have been targeting criminal gangs, as well as those individuals who have handled the stolen goods after their theft.
Gardai believe that most of the items recovered were laundered back into "legitimate markets", where they could be innocently re-sold at home or abroad.
On February 22, officers recovered 1,000 pieces of jewellery as part of the major operation.
Detective Inspector Noel Browne of the Garda Drug and Organised Crime Unit, said some of the jewellery is extremely valuable.
"There is approximately 1,000 items of jewellery, some of which we have identified as being stolen in burglaries in recent months, including burglaries in Kildare, Dun Laoghaire, and elsewhere", Insp Browne told the Herald.
"We have items recovered that are worth thousands, other items were not so valuable but have huge sentimental value."
One expensive item included in the find is a small gold chain, which is to be returned to its original owners in Dun Laoghaire, and which was valued at €4,000.
Another item displayed by gardai was a gold necklace which had been handed down through one family for five generations.