Two men charged with Blackrock thefts after M50 chase

by Gary Ibbotson

Two men have been charged following a series of south Dublin burglaries and a car chase on the M50 that left one Garda injured.

The chase occurred last Thursday evening, which involved a Garda helicopter, and continued onto the M1.

After a spate of recent burglaries in the Blackrock area, Gardai who were on night patrol spotted a suspicious car in Tallaght.

The Gardai identified the car once again at Junction 13 (Sandyford/Dundrum) on the M50 and went into pursuit.

The car was eventually abandoned near Dundalk and the men fled on foot.

Three males, one in his 20s, and two others in their late teens were arrested while another is still being sought by gardai.

A Garda spokeswoman said in a statement: “Gardaí in Dundalk have arrested three individuals in connection with burglaries carried out in the Blackrock, area of Co Dublin which occurred on January 30, 2020.

“Gardaí on patrol in Tallaght, observed a car acting in a suspicious manner. Following reports of a number of burglaries in the Blackrock area, Gardaí on night patrols, with the assistance of the Air Support Unit monitored traffic and carried out patrols of the area.

“Gardaí observed this vehicle again on the M50 at Junction 13 and a managed Garda pursuit ensued.

“Four occupants abandoned the offending vehicle on the M1 at junction 18 and fled on foot towards fields nearby.

“Three males, one aged in his 20s, another in his late teens and one male youth also in his late teens, were arrested a short distance away and are currently detained under Section 50, Criminal Justice Act, 2007 in Dundalk Garda Station.

“A fourth occupant of the car is still being sought by Gardaí in connection with this incident.

“It’s believed the car involved in this incident is the subject of an unauthorised taking in the UK jurisdiction.

“One Garda member was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. Property from one burglary in Blackrock was recovered on the M50 by Gardaí. Investigations ongoing.”

One of the men arrested – a youth – was released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Office.

According to the Gardai, the two other men, both in their 20s, have been charged in relation to the burglaries and have appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court.

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