Gardaí clampdown on burglary gangs with 22 arrests

Did you know the Gardaí have arrested more than 8,300 as part of Operation Thor since it began almost three years ago?

Operation Thor is an initiative that aims to tackle re-occurring crime by preventing it at its source. Specifically targeting burglary gangs and increasing community engagement so that homeowners are more wary of suspicious activity in their area.

There were a number of activities designed to raise community awareness in the area such as the Garda mounted Unit visited several primary schools.

The Carlow / Kilkenny region has seen a lot of Operation Thor activity in 2018 with 36 arrests in March followed by a further 18 arrested in September.

There were an additional 22 arrests earlier this week from the Operation Thor team, again in the Carlow / Kilkenny region. These arrests happened in the Thomastown area and the 22 were believed to be linked to burglary gangs in the region.

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The 22 arrested in relation to Operation Thor were dealt with in differing ways, 13 were charged, five were forwarded to the DPP to decide whether to go ahead with prosecution and one appeared in the Waterford district court on Wednesday afternoon. Three further criminals were arrested due to outstanding warrants.

A total of 43 checkpoints were set up throughout the area targeting the routes that criminal gangs travel along. A Garda spokesman said

“A total of 43 checkpoints targeting the movement of local criminal groups were carried out during the operation resulting in the seizure of four vehicles under the Road Traffic Acts. A number of FCPNs were also issued to drivers for a variety of breaches of the Road Traffic Act.”

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