A DEFINITE line of enquiry is being followed by gardai after several parked cars were damaged and property stolen from an underground car park.
The cars were damaged and broken into during the early hours on Saturday morning by the culprits who entered the car park which is located at Alandale just off the Dock Road.
While it has been reported that almost 40 cars were targeted, a garda spokesman said the figure was “half that”.
It is understood the culprits escaped in a car which they stole from the car park.
One man was arrested during a follow-up operation and a number of items which were seized have been sent for forensic analysis.
The suspect was questioned by detectives from Roxboro Road garda station but was later released without charge pending the conclusion of the garda investigation.
Gardai have confirmed that several car windows were smashed and that a significant amount of property – including electronic devices and cash - was stolen.
The owners of the cars have been spoken to and details of the stolen property is being collated. Enquiries were conducted in the area over the weekend and CCTV is being viewed as part of the investigations.
“We are in the process of carrying out follow-up inquiries and taking formal statements of complaint,” said a garda spokesperson who confirmed that gardai suspect the offence was “opportunistic” rather than the car park being specifically targeted.
Meanwhile, a relative of one of the car owners has criticised the inadequate security measures in the area. “As far as I know, there isn’t any security of any kind in that very large housing area. In fact, there isn’t any CCTV anywhere and there aren’t any security barriers on any of the approach roads. The place is a free for all,” he claimed.