THREE members of an alleged criminal gang, which gardai suspect was responsible for a spate of burglaries and thefts across Limerick city and county last month appeared in court at the weekend.
The three - two men and a woman - were arrested last Wednesday during a major operation involving more than 60 gardai from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.
Two brothers, who appeared before a special sitting of Limerick Court late on Saturday night were refused bail after they were charged in connection with the recent spate of burglaries.
Darren Harty, aged 25, and Tony Harty, aged 19, who both have an address at Millers Brook in Nenagh are charged with burglary, theft, criminal damage and road traffic offences.
Darren Harty, who also has an address at Clondrinagh Halting site in Limerick, faces a total of eight charges while Tony Harty has been charged with 13 offences.
The various incidents are alleged to have happened between January 22 and January 28 last at locations in Limerick city, Lisnagry, Banogue, Kilfinane and Cappamore.
It is alleged that a Volkswagen Golf was stolen during one burglary and that Waterford Crystal, worth more than €8,000 was stolen during another.
Detective Inspector Eamon O’Neill opposed separate bail applications.
It was alleged that both men are members of the “Harty / Casey criminal organisation” and gardai expressed fears in court the men would commit serious crimes if released.
In each case Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused bail.
Separately, Stacey Casey, aged, 19, of Toppins Field, Limerick appeared before a special sitting of Nenagh Court at the weekend after she was charged in connection with the same investigation.
She is accused of handling a large quantity of Waterford Crystal, which was stolen from a house in County Limerick. Another man is still being questioned by gardai while a fifth has been released without charge.