Three held as burglary gang depot is busted
Armed gardai have raided a depot which was used by one of the country's most notorious Traveller burglary gangs to stash stolen goods.
Three dangerous suspects from the Midlands-based family gang remained in Garda custody last night, in two separate Co Kildare stations, after the dramatic bust in a rural area just outside Athy, Co Kildare at 9.30pm on Thursday.
Items recovered include a Honda CR-V, two horse boxes, and a selection of hand tools and equipment.
A senior source told the Herald: "Local gardai got information that stuff was being stored at a storage depot in relation to six burglaries that happened in the Midlands' region in recent weeks.
"The site at Blackwood, Co Kildare, was put under surveillance and the arrests were made as the suspects tried to recover the stolen property."
The three arrested men, who are all related to each other, are aged 30, 28, and 26. They gave their addresses as being in Portlaoise, Kilkenny and Tullamore.
All are well known to gardai and are suspected of carrying out their own surveillance in a spate of thefts and burglaries.
It is understood the Criminal Assets Bureau have identified their gang as one of six Traveller mobs who they are actively targeting.
They are a different mob to the crew who were led by 'Fat' Andy Connors who was shot dead in Tallaght last month.