Theft trio ransack Limerick garage for supercar

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Dramatic security footage shows the moment the thieves broke through the gate. Below, Kevin Conway, said it was broken with 'massive force'
THREE men ransacked a Raheen garage in the early hours of Friday morning, causing up to €80,000 worth of damage after ramming through a cast iron gate and leaving with a “dream car” Audi RS4.

THREE men ransacked a Raheen garage in the early hours of Friday morning, causing up to €80,000 worth of damage after ramming through a cast iron gate and leaving with a “dream car” Audi RS4.

Though arrests have yet to be made, gardaí are undergoing a nationwide investigation, as they believe that the “rob to order” operation could have been targeted by a gang that specifically steals “supercar” Audis.

The incident took place between 1.45am and 2.30am on Friday morning, when three men snuck into Eagles Car Sales and Service garage on the Patrickswell Road.

The men entered the Fenton’s Yard premises via a house next door and “wrecked” the office, in search for a logbook and a set of keys.

Security footage seen by the Limerick Leader shows three men walking slowly out of the looted office and into the open yard.

In order to break the two-and-a-half tonne cast iron gate, which had double magnetic locks, an individual rammed it from the inside using the garage’s Volkswagen Passat by reversing full-force.

The man drove back into the yard with the Passat, which costs around €20,000, and made room for his partner-in-crime to leave the premises with the “supercar” Audi RS4, which costs at least €30,000. It is believed that the third individual was on lookout, as vehicles were seen to be passing the yard intermittently.

Gardaí arrived at the scene at around 9am, and a forensic analysis team inspected the premises until around 4.30pm on Friday.

Owner William O’Connor, 24, said that he fears closing down his business as the “damage is crippling”. The Farranshone man was notified of the incident at 7.45am.

“When they couldn’t get the gate open, they got a different car and drove through the gate. They left that car behind, even though they had it out onto the road. It looks like they came in with an actual purpose. They picked out the car that they wanted. All the keys were thrown around the yard, and all of them were found except for the two

“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. It was my dream car.”

Gardaí at Roxboro Road garda station are appealing for anyone with information contact them at 061214340.