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Friday 17 August 2018

Four boats worth €60k are stolen in five days

GARDAI are investigating the theft of four boats, including one with a high powered engine, in the Dublin area.

The robberies occurred over a five-day period with stolen engines and boats worth more than €60,000.

One of the boats had a powerful 150hp engine, giving it an edge on speed on many of those used by the authorities.

In one case, thieves gained entry to a locked compound at the ALSAA complex near Dublin Airport and stole a rigid inflatable boat used by the Aer Lingus sub aqua club.

The boat, a 5.8m Seabird4 with a 150hp engine, was worth around €50,000, a garda spokesman said.

It was last seen at 8.40pm on Friday, June 10 and was reported missing the following day.

The boat and trailer were reported being towed by a white van on the M1 motorway heading north at high speed.

Gardai asked anyone with information about the boat to contact Santry Gardai at 01 6664000.

It is the latest in a series of boat thefts. Five days earlier, thieves got away with three boats worth thousands of euro from a house at Kilincarrig, Greystones, Co Wicklow.

The three inflatables were stolen on the night of June 5/6. No engines or equipment were taken during the break-in.

The boats stolen were an Avon 4m, a Brig 4m and a Lodestar 3m.

Gardai said the stolen boats had still not been recovered.

Greystones gardai are investigating. They can be contacted on 01 666 5800.

Five outboard engines were stolen from boats moored in Skerries harbour on May 31.

Other items on board were also taken overnight and locals have been told to make sure their boats are secure.

The Herald has previously reported that an organised crime gang are suspected of involvement in the Skerries' thefts.

mlavery@herald.ie

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