Gardaí seek rightful owner after seizing quad in Offaly

Members of An Garda Síochána have appealed for the rightful owner of a quad to come forward after seizing a vehicle believed to be stolen following searches in the midlands over the weekend.

The searches took place on Saturday morning (January 23) in the Offaly region, according to local Gardaí.

Taking to social media on Saturday, Gardaí based in the Laois-Offaly area said:

“Tullamore and Edenderry Detective Units carried out searches this morning.

The following quad was seized and is currently in our possession. We believe it to be stolen. Do you own it?

Proof of ownership will be required to reclaim it, the Gardaí added.

This follows on from a separate operation last week when Gardaí discovered stolen vehicles and a “chop shop” this week in a village in Co. Meath, resulting in three arrests.

A “chop shop” is a place where stolen vehicles are stripped of saleable parts.

In a statement this on Wednesday morning (January 20), a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána explained:

Gardaí have arrested three men following the search of a scrapyard in Crossakiel, Co. Meath, which resulted in the discovery of two stolen vehicles, on [Tuesday] January 19, 2021.

“Detective Gardaí from Navan with the assistance of Detective Gardaí from Kells carried out the search under warrant of the scrapyard and identified the two vehicles which had been reported stolen previously.

“The Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit attended and assisted scenes of Crime Unit Meath with an examination of the scene and motor vehicle parts present at the site.

“Three men were arrested and conveyed to Kells Garda Station where they were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.”