Five gangs arrested after a burglary led Gardaí in a high-speed chase before a car crash


Five members of a prolific criminal gang suspected of a spate of break-ins across Leinster were arrested this evening after a high-speed chase.

The men, ranging in age from teenagers to 40, were arrested after a chase in Garda on rural back roads that reached speeds of up to 160 km/h.

The suspects all have links to the Tallaght area and are under investigation for dozens of burglaries over the past few weeks.

One of the men arrested is a seasoned criminal who was recently released from a long prison sentence for armed robbery.

All of the men in custody have close ties to murdered Tallaght burglary boss “Fat” Andy Connors, including a very close associate of the murdered criminal in his late 20s.

It is understood that person is currently on bail for a range of offences, including burglary-related offences.

The gang also have close ties to Nurney, Co Kildare and are now suspected of over half a dozen commercial and residential burglaries in three counties – Kildare, Meath and Carlow.

Gardaí believe they used a powerful Audi SQ5 that was stolen in London last month and have been conducting detailed surveillance of the organized crime group.

The vehicle has also been linked to burglaries in most Leinster counties, including Westmeath and Cavan, in recent weeks.

A source said: “They used their usual tactic of hitting a rural area with a high performance car in a blitz before moving on to the next target.

“They also changed the car’s license plates daily to avoid detection.”

They were monitored by Gardaí specialists as their crime spree continued throughout the day, leading to their being picked up by officers in the Maynooth area just after 7pm, leading to the dramatic pursuit which also included the Gardai helicopter was involved.

The gang attempted to flee via back roads but ended up falling and overturning their car near the Lidl on Newbridge Road in Naas.

At least three of them required urgent medical attention, with a close associate of “Fat Andy” appearing to be crying at the scene.

However, none of the gang’s injuries were described as serious.

A Garda spokesman said: “Two men in their 20s are currently being held at Naas Garda Station under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

“Three men in their late teens, ages 20 and 40, were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.”

Gardaí will now question the gang in relation to a series of burglaries in the Leinster area over the past month, as well as today’s crimes.

Specialized anti-theft detectives and local gardaí were involved in tonight’s significant operation.

According to sources, the situation could have become even more dangerous as the gang drove into traffic that was expected to increase significantly as bettors left a meeting at Punchestown Racecourse about half an hour after the pursuit ended.

A large number of Garda units were involved in a “very significant operation” which sources say is significant.

“This is a great result for gardaí and fortunately this operation was completed without serious injuries and the arrest of five men suspected of being involved in an organized burglary gang,” said a source. Five gangs arrested after a burglary led Gardaí in a high-speed chase before a car crash

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