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February 24

Gardaí at Dundrum Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a family home on Thursday 7th November 2019 on Kilgobbin Road, Sandyford, Co. Dublin.

A couple were at home watching television, when at approximately 8pm, four masked and armed men entered their house through an upstairs bedroom. One of the couple’s young grandchildren was asleep in a bedroom upstairs. The men searched the bedrooms looking for a safe, when they located it, they attempted to remove it through the open window but failed. The men went downstairs and approached the couple, demanding the key to the safe.

The wife was brought upstairs by the men, one of the men appeared to be using a radio device to communicate with someone. The woman got the key and opened the safe. The suspects removed the contents and fled back out through the window.

A large quantity of jewellery was stolen during this incident.

Appeal:

  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been offered some of the items of jewellery especially a distinctive and expensive necklace (photo available) for sale to come forward, Gardaí are particularly interested in speaking with cash for gold operators.
  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the Kilgobbin Road area between 8pm and 8.45pm on the evening of 7th November 2019 to please come forward.
  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen a dark coloured 10-D saloon car in the area with approx. 4-5 males in it. These males were in possession of radios and were dressed head to toe in dark clothing.
  • It is believed the car dropped the four males off at the scene before parking on Kilgobbin Road near Stepaside village and later drove at speeds on Kilgobbin Road where it collected the 4 males and headed in the direction of the M50 passing Sandyford Hall estate.

Gardaí Dundrum Garda Station are investigating                    Telephone: (01) 666 5600

On this month’s Crime Prevention, Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to offer advice and tips in relation to issues of sheep worrying and causing injury to people.

Issue:

Lambing season occurs during January/February and results in around four hundred incidents per annum with three to four thousand sheep being killed.

These incidents include walker(s), runner(s) and cyclist(s) being bitten by dogs that are allowed to roam free. These incidents cause financial loss to the farming community as well as distress to those involved.

Advice to the public: 

Local authorities are responsible and may under the control of dogs act appoint wardens to provide shelters, seize dogs, impose fines and take court proceedings. 

Dog owners must have a licence and keep the dog under effective control it outside the house or premises. Owners are liable for injury or damage caused by their dog to people or livestock. Since 2015 it is compulsory to have a dog microchipped. They also should wear a collar with the owners name and address. 

Stray dogs are dogs that are in a public and unaccompanied by the owner. If your dog is strayed or missing contact your local dog pound directly to check if it is there. If you have an unwanted dog contact the local Irish society for the prevention of cruelty to animals’ branch, dog pounds/charities and your local authority.

The Gardaí at Longford are investigating a number of feud related incidents which have occurred in the first weeks of February. The Garda appeal focuses on two such crimes the first of which occurred between 8.30pm -9pm on Wednesday February 12th and involved the discharging of a firearm at Annally Gardens.

CCTV footage recovered during the investigation shows a red saloon car with front passenger door damage in the vicinity at or about the time of the incident. This vehicle left Annally Gardens turning left onto St Michaels Road and departed Longford in the direction of Athlone. While no one was injured in this incident there was a young child playing in the house at the time and as such the consequences could have been far more serious.

Appeal 1:

  • Encourage anyone who may have seen this vehicle prior to or at that time, or knows the owner of this vehicle or its current whereabouts to come forward.

Arson at Annally Gardens, Longford

The Arson occurred at 6.54am approx. at Annally Gardens on Monday 17th February 2020. CCTV shows one male who is carrying some form of accelerant which subsequently ignites at the front door of the house, occupied at the time by an adult and four children.

The male is so close at the time of ignition that his left sleeve catches fire. He runs from the scene and is collected at Annally Park in a dark coloured saloon car with distinctive alloys. This suspect has a very distinctive running gate, appearing to be flat footed.

Appeal 2:

  • Somebody in the community may know the identity of the Suspect.
  • Anyone who may have seen this vehicle prior to/at that time, knows the owner of this vehicle or its current whereabouts.
  • The vehicle travelled out of the Annally Estate and towards Athlone.
  • Gardaí believe both crimes to be connected.

Re-Assurance:

Gardaí want to reassure the Longford Community of their continued commitment to providing a policing service that will keep people safe.

In the past 18 months, they have over 3,000 proactive policing engagements to date, 56 arrests with prosecutions brought before the courts. Gardaí are steadfast in their resolve to putting an end to this cycle of violence, and are working with a number of agencies and continue to enjoy the support of the law abiding Community of Longford, the Longford JPC and local Public Representatives.

Finally Gardaí want to acknowledge the co-operation they have received to date and state clearly that these people do not represent the large majority of the Longford Community who go about their business in a lawful manner.

Gardaí at Longford Garda Station are investigating      Telephone: (043) 3350577

Gardaí at Gorey Garda Station are investigating an incident where a firearm was discharged at members on patrol in Glandoran, Gorey, Co. Wexford.

On Wednesday the 29th of January 2020 at approximately 8.30am, Gardaí attached to Gorey Garda Station received a report of a male acting suspiciously in a field on the Carnew Road.

Two uniform Gardaí responded and made their way to the field, they walked towards the man.  When they approached him, he ran and jumped into the garden of an adjoining dwelling.  The male then ran back along the outside of the ditch toward Grattan Court.  As he passed the entrance to the field both Gardaí attempted to speak with him, at this stage Gardaí became aware that the man had a handgun in his possession.

The man then made his way to the entrance of Grattan Court where he got into a blue BMW 06W1012 which was parked facing out of the estate.  This car then drove towards Carnew on the R725.  Gardaí followed and the BMW made a number of dangerous manoeuvres attempting to evade them.  Twice during the subsequent chase the BMW slowed down and fired a shot at the Gardaí before eventually getting away at speed.

At approximately 8.50am Gardaí received a report of a car on fire at Bann Bridge, Banntown, Gorey.  Responding Gardaí discovered that the BMW involved in the earlier incident was on fire at this location.

Appeal:

  • Investigations have concluded that the Blue BMW was sold on the 12th of January 2020.  The purchaser provided false information to the seller.
  • The Carnew Road is the home for a number of primary and secondary schools in the town. At the time of the incident there were a number of parents bringing children to school and Gardaí would like to appeal to these parents to come forward with any information they might have.

Gardaí at Gorey Garda Station are investigating Telephone 053 943 0690

Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating a burglary that took place in Meath Place, Dublin 8 on 22nd December 2019.

The suspect gained entry to the private residence through an open balcony door. A woman that was in the apartment discovered the intruder in one of the bedrooms. When confronted the suspect pushed the injured party out of the way. The injured party attempted to grab a bag from the suspect’s hand as he attempted to make good his escape. The injured party was punched in the head and the suspect exited the apartment, fleeing in the direction of Reginald St, Dublin 8.

A detailed EVOFIT of the suspect was compiled who is described as a heavy set male, approx. 40 years old with blond hair, green eyes, full beard and wearing a green jumper under a high viz vest.

Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 9400

EVOFIT - burglary in Meath Place, Dublin 8 on 22.12.19

Gardaí at Terenure Garda Station are investigating a robbery that occurred on Tuesday 11th February 2020 on Aideen Avenue, Terenure at approximately 12.40am.

The injured party, a taxi driver, collected a fare on the lower Kimmage Road and was directed to Aideen Avenue. When they arrived, the man produced a knife towards the injured party and demanded cash.

The suspect fled the scene on foot with the cash.

A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect, who is described as five foot eight inches in height, with dark short hair and was clean shaven. He was wearing a grey baseball cap, a grey jacket, jeans and runners.

Gardaí at Terenure Garda Station are investigating    Telephone: (01) 666 6400

EVOFIT - robbery on the 11.2.20 in Terenure, Dublin

Detective Sergeant Ciarán Loughrey was in studio to inform the public, retailers and businesses of the novelty bank notes that are currently in circulation.

These counterfeit notes are known as ‘prop money’ or ‘movie money.’ They look like genuine euro notes but they do not contain any security features and there is no attempt to replicate any of the normal security features on genuine bank notes.

The words ‘prop’ or ‘movie’ money can be seen on the notes but this can be very difficult to see. Large quantities of these notes are thought to have been imported from countries like China and Taiwan.

Revenue Commissioners have seized notes with a purported value in excess of €430,000 in recent months at different mail centres. Detective Sergeant Loughrey advised members of the public, retailers and businesses who deal in cash to take precautionary measures.

It should be noted that a person who is caught passing these notes may be arrested and prosecuted which could result in a criminal conviction and have serious consequences in terms of working in certain sectors or applying for visas in the future.

Prop money

Missing person Terry ByrneGardaí in Ashbourne Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of forty five year old Terry Byrne who is missing from his home in Dunboyne since Thursday 6th February 2020.

It is believed Terry left his home between 1am and 7am on Friday. His mobile phone was last activated at 6.02am, when it is believed the battery died.

A number of extensive searches have been carried out in Dunboyne and surrounding areas with the assistance of the Civil Defence, Garda Air Support, Garda Sub Aqua unit and the Coast Guard. CCTV has been canvassed and HSE checks with ambulance services and hospitals have been carried out. Airport and ferry ports have been on alert. Terry’s passport is at home.

There has been no transactions on Terry’s bank account.

Terry’s family and An Garda Síochána are extremely concerned for his safety and well-being.

Terry’s brother Paul was in studio to make the appeal.

Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station are investigating Telephone: (01) 801 0600

Missing Person - Esra UyrunGardaí at Ronanstown Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to missing person Esra Uyrun (DOB) (01/03/1973) who has been missing from her home at Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin since the 23rd February 2011.

Esra left her home at approximately 7.15am in a silver Renault Twingo registration number 08D23067. This vehicle was located in a car park at the bottom of Bray Head. When last seen Esra was wearing black leggings, a dark top and white Nike trainers. Esra was married and had a two-year-old son at the time of her disappearance.

CCTV captured the Renault Twingo turning right from Convent Avenue onto Strand Road in Bray at approximately 8.40am on the 23rd February 2011. A Skoda car had to swerve to avoid a collision. The Renault then moved into the left hand side of the road and pulled in to allow the Skoda to overtake it. They both continued down Strand Road in the direction of Bray Head. Later that morning the silver Renault Twingo car was captured on CCTV parked at the car park at the bottom of Bray Head. There has been no activity on her bank accounts or her Facebook page since the 23rd February 2011.

Gardaí at Ronanstown Garda Station are investigating        Telephone: (01) 666 7700

Gardaí at Shannon Garda Station are investigating a robbery at a post office in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare that occurred on Wednesday 6th November 2019.

At approximately 11.25am, a lone masked male armed with a black handgun entered the post office, produced a black plastic bag and demanded that it be filled with cash.

The post office staff backed away and the suspect fled empty handed. He ran towards a parked silver/grey Mercedes C class car and drove off in the direction of the village.

Gardaí believe the car travelled towards an area known as Woodcock Hill and Reaskamogue, towards Limerick.

There is CCTV of the suspect as he entered the shop. The Mercedes car was fitted with a cloned registration number plate, partial number 06TS.

Appeal:

  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been in the village of Sixmilebridge or the wider area on Wednesday 6th November 2019 between 11am and 11.30am to please come forward with any information they might have.
  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been driving through the area at the time with dash cam footage to please come forward.
  • The vehicle in this incident was bearing partial registration 06TS. Does anyone recall encountering a grey C Class Mercedes in early November 2019 with a similar registration.
  • Gardaí are also appealing to anyone who may have been the previous owner of the car in question to please come forward, the vehicle being an older model with a sun roof.
  • Finally Gardaí are appealing to anyone that may recognise the suspect in the footage to please come forward with whatever information they might have.

Gardaí at Shannon Garda Station are investigating          Telephone: (061) 365 900

Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station investigated the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man’s body at Rusheen Bay Woods, Barna, Co. Galway on 27th September 2014. 

Gardaí were satisfied the man died some four to six weeks prior to when his body was discovered and decomposition had set in adding to the difficulty in identifying him as there was no identification found.

Gardaí launched an extensive investigation in the hope of identifying the remains. The assistance of Forensic Science Ireland and The University of Dundee, Scotland was required to assist with the investigation, a number of forensic & DNA testing was conducted on the remains as well as dental examinations. Doctor Christopher Rynn, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee carried out a forensic analysis on the remains and was provided with a 3D scan of the man’s skull to reconstruct the man’s face based on those findings.

The man was described as aged between forty-three and forty-eight years old, of large build. He was wearing a leather jacket, Athletech fleece with runners. He was wearing a gold bracelet watch not currently sold in Europe. The watch brand - Caravelle by Bulova is commonly available in retail outlets in Canada / America. A representative from Bulova Watches has confirmed that this particular watch was only sold in the USA and Canada. He had a distinctive gap in his top front teeth. A single key was found along with a small sum of money in sterling and euro notes.

Following several media appeals for information, the unidentified remains were identified as forty six year old Polish national, Teodore Bruzgo who had lived in Florida for over twenty three years but travelled to Ireland and Galway just a short time before his death.

His family in Poland provided a DNA sample confirming the remains where Teodore’s.

Solved – Identification of Unidentified Body Barna, Co. Galway

On this month’s Traffic Segment Superintendent Eddie Golden was in studio to inform viewers on the new Go Safe Zones being implemented by An Garda Síochána in order to make our roads a safer place for all road users.

Superintendent Golden demonstrated with the aid of an interactive map available on the Garda website where one of these new Go Safe Zones will be located and how it will work.

He also had two new highly affective speed guns in studio to demonstrate the upgrade in equipment being used by the Roads Policing unit. These new devices were used in recent high speed detections of up to 174km/h in parts of the country in recent weekends at a distance of over 700 metres. Superintendent Golden emphasised the fact that some of the speeds detected recently during stormy conditions were extremely dangerous.

Finally Superintendent Golden gave advice to the public regarding the recent inactive NCT lifts. He will have an example of an incomplete NCT form which drivers should have on them if they were affected by this issue.  

Unidentified Remains – Facial ReconstructionOn 9 August, 2017 the body of a female was found washed up on the shore near to Helensdale Cottage, Drummore, Dumfries and Galloway, by members of the public.  The body was found to be badly decomposed and had clearly been in the water for some considerable time.  Police Scotland commenced inquiries and over the following weeks and months, efforts to identify the body were carried out both locally and nationally, however without success.

In 2019 details of the case were sent to Liverpool John Moores University for a facial reconstruction to be carried out.  This work has now been completed.  The attached reconstruction is now being circulated nationwide in a further effort to identify the female. 

Detective Sergeant Nadine Scott at Stranraer said: "Missing person reports across both the UK and internationally have been checked without success.  The work by the Liverpool John Moores University has provided us with a facial reconstruction of a woman, not a portrait of the face of the person, but a representation of the face based on detail provided from the remains of the body.  Other information about the woman would indicate that she was about 4'11" tall, and about 7.5 stones in weight.  Her age is estimated to be young to middle-aged.  When she was found she was wearing jeans, size 10 and pants which had a 'Harry Potter' logo on them.