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Moment gardai busted burglary gang suspects after high-speed chase

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The burglary suspects handcuffed on the ground after their arrest in Co Louth last Thursday

The burglary suspects handcuffed on the ground after their arrest in Co Louth last Thursday

The burglary suspects handcuffed on the ground after their arrest in Co Louth last Thursday

This is the moment that two suspected members of a notorious burglary gang were arrested near Dundalk after a high-speed pursuit by gardai.

Our picture shows two men on the ground after the high- speed chase on the M50 and M1 that saw Garda cars - and the Garda helicopter - deployed last Thursday night.

The pursuit began in Dublin, through Meath and finally ended in Louth and the men were driving a stolen vehicle that had false plates and had also been resprayed.

It is understood the car had been stolen in the UK, specifically to be used in organised burglaries.

Manhunt

In a statement, gardai said they had charged two men in relation to the incident on January 30 at Junction 13 on the M50.

"Three males were arrested and detained under Section 50, Criminal Justice Act, 2007 and two men (20s) have been charged in relation to burglaries," the statement said.

The men will appear before Dun Laoghaire District Court this morning, according to gardai.

The statement added that a youth who was arrested has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Office.

A manhunt was continuing for a fourth suspect, who escaped on foot.

The group are suspects over a spate of burglaries in south Dublin last week.

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Eve Ryan (24) endured a terrifying ordeal at hands of gang

Eve Ryan (24) endured a terrifying ordeal at hands of gang

One of the suspects is currently on bail in relation to similar offences in the west of Ireland.

Gardai have been able to link the suspects to three burglaries that occurred in the Blackrock area on Thursday night, including the theft of €10,000 worth of jewellery which was dumped on the motorway during the chase.

Jewellery and cash was also taken from another nearby home, while in the third incident, a suspect "got spooked" after an alarm went off as he attempted to climb in the window of a property.

Detectives are investigating if the same crew have been responsible for "up to two dozen" burglaries last week in a southside area stretching from Shankill to Stepaside.

The wider mob are suspected of a number of burglaries across the capital, including a horrific incident last month in which a Dublin model feared she was going to die.

In that incident, a gang of men held a knife to her throat and threw bleach on her during a horror home invasion.

Eve Ryan (24) spent a terrifying 20 hours locked inside a tiny en suite bathroom, before being rescued by her aunt at her Portmarnock, north Co Dublin home.

"This is an organised crime gang - a prime target of Operation Thor - they are as prolific as they come in terms of organised burglary gangs," a senior source said last night.

"This gang have been terrorising the capital for months now - southside and northside - these are highly significant arrests," the source added.

On Friday, gardai released details of the arrest operation.

Suspicious

"Gardai on patrol in Tallaght observed a car acting in a suspicious manner," a spokeswoman said.

"Following reports of a number of burglaries in the Blackrock area gardai on night patrols, with the assistance of the Air Support Unit, monitored traffic and carried out patrols of the area.

"Gardai observed this vehicle again on the M50 at Junction 13 and a managed Garda pursuit ensued.

"Four occupants abandoned the offending vehicle on the M1 at junction 18 and fled on foot towards fields nearby," the spokeswoman added.

"Three males were arrested a short distance away."