A LOCAL business owner, whose Limerick garage was ransacked in a gang-related ‘rob-to-order’ operation, has said that he is willing to give a “decent cash reward” for the return of an Audi RS4 supercar that was stolen recently.
While no arrests have yet been made, gardai are currently undergoing a nationwide investigation into the incident, which saw three men cause up to €80,000 worth of damage to Eagles Car Sales and Services on the Patrickswell Road.
According to a garda source, the group of thieves may be part of a gang that specifically targets expensive Audi vehicles around the country. The source said that the men, who looted the yard between 1.45am and 2.30am on Friday morning, are more than likely not local.
Owner William O’Connor, 24, said that he fears that he might have to close down the business in Raheen as, he said, the “damage is crippling”.
After the three men “wrecked” the office to look for a logbook and keys, they then broke through a cast iron gate using the garage’s Volkswagen Passat and then drove away with the 2007 Audi RS4.
Security footage seen by the Limerick Leader shows the driver of the black Volkswagen reversing through the two-and-a-half tonne gate, and then driving back into the yard to allow another man to leave with the Audi.
The badly damaged Volkswagen is priced at €20,000, while the stolen vehicle is valued at €30,000, he said.
Mr O’Connor, who is appealing for anyone with information to contact the gardaí, said that he has received support from people within the trade, locals and some of his previous customers.
He added that the property is slowly being fixed at the moment.
“Currently I have a jeep backed up against the door, so they can’t get in, and I have piece of wood on the door instead of the glass. And that’s temporary until I upgrade the security. This is going to be tough anyway,” he said on Wednesday afternoon.
He said that all the keys from the office were thrown around the yard, except for two that belonged to the Volkswagen and the Audi.
Mr O’Connor said that the stolen Audi was his “dream car”.
“I am only young, I am 24, and the Audi RS4 was the car that I had on my wall when I was a child, so that is why I bought it. I finally had enough money to buy it for stock. I have always wanted it.”
Gardaí at Roxboro Road garda station are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at 061-214340.