Saturday 16 December 2017

Cross-border BMW thieves busted

A GANG suspected of stealing top end BMWs worth well over €3m has been busted in a cross-border operation.

Gardai and the PSNI believe that the mob - made up of East European gangsters - are responsible for the theft of more than 120 cars in Dublin and elsewhere in Leinster over the last 18 months.

The gang, led by a Lithuanian criminal with a base in North Dublin, specialise in cloning car keys with sophisticated laptops to take the luxury vehicles.

After a series of surveillance operations by gardai he was finally arrested by the PSNI in a special operation in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

There were three other men arrested in the operation. A source explained: "The sophistication and scale of this gang's activities is absolutely staggering.

"These cars were shipped out of Ireland in containers within hours of the vehicles being stolen," he explained.

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