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November 21

Car scam

The Gardaí at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred on Saturday the 14th May 2016, at Mounttown, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

At approximately 2.25am two males gained entry to a house using the rear door of the property. The victim was asleep on the sofa in the living room, the rest of the family were asleep upstairs. One of the men was armed with a lump hammer. Gardaí believe they were looking for the keys to the family’s cars, which were parked in the driveway. One of the men found the keys to one of the cars, a Volkswagen Golf, but they continued to search for the keys to the second vehicle.

The victim was woken by the men, who stood over him and threatened him, demanding the keys to the second car. He was struck a number of times with the lump hammer as the men demanded to know where the keys were.

The victim’s son, who had been asleep upstairs, heard the commotion and came downstairs. He saw the two men in the living room with his father. One of the men saw him and chased him out of the house. At this point one of the men got into the Volkswagan Golf car and drove it out of the driveway and along the road. The car was faulty and broke down. The men made their getaway in a small red car that was parked at the entrance to the estate and driven by a third man.


• Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the vicinity of the Mounttown Road area between 12am and 3am on Saturday the 14th May 2016 and who may have information to come forward.
• The two men were described as being in their twenties, between six foot two and six foot three inches in height of slim build and spoke with Dublin accents.

Dun Laoghaire Garda Station             Telephone Number: 01-6665000

Irene White

On this month’s Crime Prevention segment Sergeant Alan Roughneen was in studio to cover An Garda Síochána’s final ‘National Crime Prevention Day of Action’ for 2016 that will take place on Thursday 8th December 2016.  A ‘Retail Safety Day’, focusing on retail safety and security will coincide with the start of the busy festive shopping period.

The ‘Retail Safety Day’ will have a dual focus on retailers and shoppers. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness amongst retailers on ways to prevent business losses from criminal activity. The public will also be advised on safe shopping and parking, in order to avoid becoming a victim of crime, whilst improving their personal security.

Sergeant Alan Roughneen of the National Crime Prevention Unit reminds retailers that theft from shops increase from mid November until Christmas.

The four main items stolen from retailers are Groceries, Alcohol, Clothing and Cosmetics. It is noticeable that thefts from Clothes stores increase sharply just before Christmas and we also see a considerable increase of thefts from Pharmacies, largely involving cosmetic thefts, throughout November and December. 

Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins of the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau joined Sergeant Roughneen in studio to advise the public in relation to internet usage in respect of Open Wifi access, particularly when making purchases online using open Wifi. This week two of the biggest shopping days for retailers occurs with Black Friday on 25th and Cyber Monday on the 28th. Detective Supt. Gubbins offered advice to the public on how to keep their account and personal details safe online.


The Gardaí at Blackrock Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred in the early hours of Saturday 14th May 2016.

The victim was in bed and awoke when he heard a noise downstairs and went to investigate. The victim observed one male outside the side door of the kitchen and jumping over a back wall and he followed him outside. A confrontation occurred between the two men resulting in the victim being struck on the head with an implement.

The suspect then got into the passenger side of the victim’s car a red Audi A6 registration number 12d18600. This car has not been recovered to date.

The victim compiled a detailed EVOFIT of the man who is described as six foot two to six foot four in height of slim build, clean shaven and speaking with a Dublin accent. 

Blackrock Garda Station            Telephone Number:01-6665200

Tony Egan - Missing person

The Gardaí at Portarlington Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to
thirty three year old Tony Egan (dob 30/9/1983) who is missing from his home at Newmill Apartments, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Tony was reported missing on the evening of Monday 19th September 2016, he was last seen at approximately 8.30pm that evening.

A number of extensive searches were carried out by a number of specialised units including the Garda Dog Unit, Garda Air Support Unit and the Civil Defence of Carrig Woods.

CCTV was viewed and obtained from all premises that might have captured Tony on camera. Train stations along with buses and taxi services in the town have been checked with negative results.

Tony left his personal belongings including his mobile phone, laptop and his wallet behind him and Gardaí are extremely worried about his safety.

Tony was last seen wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and white runners, he is five foot eleven inches in height of slim build with brown hair.

 Portarlington Garda Station        Telephone number: 057-8623112

Irene White

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D., is delighted to announce Ireland’s national Missing Persons Day will take place on Wednesday 7th December, 2016 at Farmleigh House, Dublin.

Speaking on the day will be the Tánaiste, the Deputy Garda Commissioner, as well as representatives of families of those who have gone missing. 

The Day presents an opportunity for us to commemorate those who have gone missing and acknowledge the difficulties experienced by their families and friends. 

On average 8,000 missing person reports are made to An Garda Síochána each year and for each of those individuals there is a network of family and friends who are forever impacted by those days, weeks, months or years.  The Day will also allow for recognition of the progress which has been made in missing persons’ investigations over the course of the year.

It is important to recognise the invaluable contribution and commitment of An Garda Síochána, the state agencies and voluntary groups working diligently in our communities to highlight the issues and impacts surrounding people who go missing.

Irene White

Gardaí at Dundalk Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the murder of forty three year old Irene White who was fatally stabbed in her home on the 6th April 2005.

Irene, who was a mother of three children, had just returned home to her house known locally as “Ice House”, beside Ice House Hill Park. Irene was in the kitchen cleaning up the delph and cutlery after breakfast that morning.

At 12.30pm, Irene’s mother at the rear of the property discovered Irene’s body in the kitchen. She had been stabbed a number of times.

Gardaí believe that a man entered the kitchen and fatally stabbed Irene and fled over the back wall into Ice House Hill Park. There are four possible exits the man could have taken from the Park. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the park on the morning of the 6th April 2005 to come forward if they have not already done so. Gardaí would like to speak to cyclist, walkers, families & joggers who were in the Park that morning.

Irene’s daughter, Jennifer, now twenty eights makes an emotional appeal on the programme for answers and justice for her mother.

Dundalk Garda Station       Telephone Number: 042-9388400  

John Kerins Murder

Gardaí in Bailieboro Garda Station are currently investigating the murder of forty eight year old John Kerins (DOB 22/2/1964) that was living alone at his home at Cornaveagh, Bailieboro, Co Cavan.

At 11am on 9th November 2012 a neighbour of John Kerins, called to his house as John had failed to turn up for an appointment that morning.  He entered the house through the front door and found John Kerins deceased in the front sitting room, he had been fatally shot.  He immediately made contact with Gardaí.
John was last seen alive at approximately 6pm on 8th November and later spoke to a friend on the telephone at 8.40pm where John indicated to him that he was staying in for the evening.

John’s wife Shirley makes an appeal for information and answers for her and their three children.

There is a Crimestoppers appeal for information and a reward offered for information which significantly assists the investigation.

• John was last seen alive in the evening of the 8th November 2012, Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the Cornaveagh area that night that may have information to come forward.
• Gardaí believe that John may have been expecting a visitor that evening but it is unconfirmed if this visitor arrived.

Bailieboro Garda Station              Telephone number: 042-9694570

Gardaí in the Louth Division as part of ‘Operation Thor’ have launched ‘Operation Scale’, an initiative to tackle organised crime and the complexities of policing the Louth division given its proximity to the border.

Crimecall visited Gardaí in Dundalk as they carried out a series of searches involving local units, together with the assistance of a variety of specialist national units.

Superintendent Gerard Curley was in studio to discuss the operation and its successes that have seen a reduction in serious crime including Burglaries, Thefts, property crime, with over a million Euro returned to the revenue and several prosecutions brought before the courts.

Dundalk Garda Station       Telephone Number: 042-9388400

Stolen car scam

Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are investigating a recent car scam that left the victim several thousand Euros out of pocket.

On Sunday 14th August 2016 a black ford S-MAX car registration number was stolen during a burglary in Tallaght, Dublin 24.

This car was later advertised for sale online using a cloned registration number plate. A potential buyer made contact with the seller, who said his name was Luke and they arranged to view the car. On Thursday 25th August 2016 at City West Shopping Centre a man presented himself to the buyer as the father of the seller, Luke. The buyer took the car for a test drive and made an offer to purchase it. A pre-signed logbook was presented to the buyer and the money was handed over.

The next day, the buyer closely examined the logbook as he thought it looked worn and washed. He discovered the chassis number on the log book did not match the chassis number on the car. He reported the matter to Gardaí who discovered the car was stolen.
The logbook, tax disc and NCT disc were all false documents.

The buyer’s brother, who was suspicious of the seller, took a number of photographs of him on his mobile phone. This man is described as being aged between forty five and fifty years old, six foot tall, slim build, short grey hair and a number of tattoos on his arms, wearing check blue and white shorts with a white t-shirt and white runners.

Tallaght Garda Station           Telephone number: 01-6660000

On this month’s traffic segment, Garda Derek Cloughley reinforced An Garda Síochána’s message in relation to Novice/Learner Drivers and Drink Drivers. Garda Cloughley reminded Novice/Learner drivers of their obligation under the Road Traffic Act, including their obligation to display a Learner Permit and to be accompanied by a fully qualified driver for two years.

Drink Driving detections are up 6.5% on this time last year, An Garda Siochána’s Christmas Campaign will be launched on December 1st, this will include high visibility checkpoint’s throughout the country.