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Romanians charged over raids

FOUR Romanian men and a teenager have been charged over a spate of burglaries across Dublin that saw property worth €30,000 stolen in a two-day period.

City centre businesses and homes in some of Dublin's most affluent neighbourhoods were targeted in the alleged raids, a court heard.

In one instance, it is alleged, more than €10,000 worth of damage was caused when a house in Killiney was burgled.

Three of the accused were granted bail on condition they lodge €1,000 in cash and stay out of the Dublin 4 and Dublin 2 areas, while one of the men and the 16-year-old were refused bail.

They were among nine Romanian nationals arrested as part of a garda operation to combat large-scale burglaries in the capital.

Stanescu Rostas (32), Viorel Horvat (22), Rudi Rostas (34) and Radu Rostas (24), with addresses at North Circular Road, appeared before Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court, while the boy (16) was brought before Judge Claire Leonard at the Children's Court.

Garda Caroline O'Donnell said it would be alleged €30,000 worth of property was taken over the course of two days at Pembroke Street.

The four men are due to appear in court again next week, while the youth is to appear in court again today.

aphelan@herald.ie