Four arrested in vintage car probe

Four arrested in vintage car probe

Four men have been arrested following and early morning search operation in Rathkeale, County Limerick.

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Update:

Wednesday 11.50am – All four men have been released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Four men have been arrested following and early morning search operation in Rathkeale, County Limerick. 

As a result of the operation 4 males are currently in Garda custody in Garda Stations across Limerick. 

The operation relates to offences of deception involving the purchase and sale of vintage and classic cars.  In many cases the victims of this deception have been elderly persons.

To date, 20 vehicles are subject of investigation, total value approximately €360,000. 

Photo: Garda Press Office

Speaking this morning, Detective Superintendent Michael Mullen of the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation said: 

‘The operation in Rathkeale today is as a result of a lengthy investigation carried out by the Garda National Bureau of CriminalInvestigation. From enquiries to date, I believe there may be more victims across the country who have been deceived during a transaction involving a vintage or classic car.

I would like to appeal today, particularly to the elderly community to contact your local Garda Station if you believe that you have been deceived in the purchase/sale of a vintage or classic car in circumstances where either money has not been received or money received far less than that of the value of the car.’  

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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