A MAN has appeared in court charged with the theft of catalytic converters from 16 vehicles around Limerick over the last month.
It will be alleged that cutting equipment was used to remove the parts from underneath the vehicles, a significant number of which are four-wheel-drives. The cumulative bill for replacing the parts reaches into the tens of thousands.
Denis O’Driscoll, 22, of Bay 1, Monaclino, Ballysimon Road, was arrested by Det Garda Mark McGauley on January 5 and charged with 11 offences the following day.
His reply when charged was “I’m sorry officer”, Limerick District Court heard.
The offences are alleged to have occurred on dates in December in Newcastle West, RusAl Aughinish, Raheen Industrial Estate, University of Limerick, City East Business Park, the Crescent and Jetland shopping centres and University Hospital Limerick.
Mr O’Driscoll has also been charged by Det Garda Viv Downey with five further thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles at UL, O2 Plassey and the Parkway Shopping Centre on January 3.
Sgt Donal Cronin told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that there was no objection to bail subject to a number of conditions.
The judge granted Mr O’Driscoll bail on his own bond of €500 on condition he resides at Bay 1 Monaclino; observes a curfew between 11pm and 7am and signs on three times a week at Roxboro garda station.
Sgt Cronin said that given the large number of alleged injured parties involved in the case, it would take “quite some time to bring the file together”.
Judge O’Kelly assigned John Herbert to represent Mr O’Driscoll and remanded him to appear again on April 25 for DPP’s directions.