Robbed tourists get their car back thanks to Herald
A CAR stolen from a couple on holiday in Ireland has been found after the Herald highlighted the case.
Sebastian Smulders (33) and Lena Weiss (24) arrived in Dublin at the start of a camping trip last week.
However, on the first day of their holiday they had all their belongings, including their passports, stolen when their car was stolen from the car park of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street.
Sebastian, from Berlin, and Lena, from Vienna, could see broken glass where their car had been, and some of their belongings on the ground.
"All of Lena's clothes, her iPad, my camera, our camping equipment and our passports were gone," said Sebastian.
"We asked some local people if we could use their phones to call the gardai. We asked three people, but they just grinned at us and walked away.
"Then a man helped us call and report it."
When there was no trace of the car after several days, Sebastian and Lena turned to the Herald for help, and within hours of our story appearing yesterday and being picked up by other media outlets a call came through that the black Opel Astra estate had been spotted in Simmons Place in Summerhill.
"We are really happy that the car does not seem to be too badly damaged," said Sebastian.
"We are delighted that we will be getting it back thanks to the Herald."
Sebastian and Lena will travel back from Cork today to collect their car, which is currently in the safe-keeping of the gardai.
Opel Ireland has also offered to get a local dealer to try to repair their vehicle before Sebastian and Lena sail home on Friday.
Gardai are continuing to investigate the theft.