Garda boss hails apprehension of Limerick burglary suspects

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Garda boss hails apprehension of Limerick burglary suspects

Superintendent Derek Smart

A SENIOR garda officer says the arrest of ten people in relation to a recent spate of burglaries should act as a warning to potential offenders. 

The suspects – all young men – have been charged with various offences and brought before the courts.

“It is a good success and it’s a great reflection of the professionalism of the gardai who are here and who are actively out and about engaging in patrols,” said Superintendent Derek Smart.

“We have an analyst based here at Henry Street (garda station) who looks at our crime and we he have specifically targeted our patrols to deal with the days and the times of the week which have been identified,” he explained.

While a number of the arrests made over the past week formed part of Operation Thor, gardai say a divisional initiative – Operation Portable – is also having a significant impact.

“We have used our roads policing unit to target hot spots of crime along with the drugs unit, the regional support unit and the regular units and they all work together and as a team and it has been a good success,” said Supt Smart.

While investigations are ongoing, gardai say a number of the homes which were broken into were ‘student houses’ and they are appealing to young people to ensure their homes are properly secured at all times.