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Operation targeting deception in the purchase and sale of vintage cars – search and arrests on Co. Limerick 11.12.18

This morning, An Garda Síochána conducted an arrest and 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.

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 Criminal Investigation. 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.’  

A photograph is available on request to pressoffice@garda.ie