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GNDOCB Catalytic Converters Investigation, 8th July, 2021

Issue date: 9th July 2021

On Thursday 8th July 2021, in the course of ongoing investigations targeting persons suspected to be involved in organised criminality with regard to theft of catalytic converters, personnel attached to the Special Crime Task Force attached to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and the Dublin Metropolitan District conducted an intervention on a number of vehicles in Clongriffin, North Dublin.

In the course of this operation, 4 stolen catalytic converters, a car-jack, cutting equipment and a number of cloned registration plates were seized along with two falsely registered vehicles and one cloned registered vehicle.

Two men (aged 21 years and one juvenile) were arrested for an offence under Section 73 Criminal Justice Act, 2006 at the scene. Both persons were detained at Coolock Garda Station pursuant to Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

The man, aged 21 years was subsequently charged with 2 counts of Section 15 Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and 1 count of Section 18 Criminal Justice (theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2021. He is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice, Court 1 today Friday 9th July, 2021.

Investigations ongoing.