INFORMATION is being sought after antiques worth thousands of euro were stolen from a van near the city centre.
Gardai at Henry Street station are investigating the incident which happened at around 4pm last Friday.
According to the owner, who has asked not to be named, the vehicle - a dark blue Fiat Ducato - was parked outside a shop near St John’s cathedral where he was working at the time. “We just got out of the van for a few moments and these guys came along and popped behind the wheel and drove off with it,” said the owner, who believes the theft was planned.
“We would have been spotted driving around town and the doors would have been open a few times and I think we were followed around by guys who were just waiting for the opportunity to arise,” he said.
Following the theft, gardai were informed and the van was located a number of hours later. However, the contents were missing and have not been recovered.
According to the owner, the van contained a number of antique items, which are worth between €6,000 and €7,000.
There was an antique Victorian side-table, there was a small book case, a pair of Georgian lockers and a few other smaller things,” he told Live 95FM.
The man, who works in the antiques business, is appealing for anyone who may have seen the van being driven around the city by the culprits after it was taken on Friday evening.
“If somebody spotted it being driven around at the time it would help greatly in finding where the items went two,” he said. The registration of the van is 07-C-6544.