Dublin crime gang ‘behind 200 burglaries in northwest in just two months’
The gang is ran by two brothers who have over 30 associate
- 05:00, 25 NOV 2021
A city crime gang is suspected of carrying out over 200 burglaries in the northwest in just two months, the Irish Mirror can reveal.
The Dublin mob targeted mainly business premises but also some residential homes in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Galway and Mayo since the end of August.
The gang is run by two brothers who have over 30 associates.
One member is a teenager who was previously behind a Tyrone break-in in which the PSNI are now treating as attempted murder.
Investigators have also pinpointed the thugs as the main suspects for an incident in which an elderly woman was left shaken after her home was targeted last weekend.
They nabbed cash and jewellery from the Sligo house.
But Gardai have bizarrely found that in one robbery, the men fed a cat in the home and in another, they tucked into chocolates in a living room as they swiped expensive items.
A major cross-border probe is underway and gardai believe that a well-known south Dublin mob who specialise in burglaries are the main suspects.
As part of the investigation, they have established that the criminals have used the same two cars – a high-powered Ford Focus and a Hyundai Santa Fe jeep – but regularly change the registration plates in a bid to avoid detection.
The gang’s prime time to hit businesses and homes is between 6pm and 9pm, while Saturday is their main day.
A source said: “This gang has been identified by investigators and will be targeted by gardai.
“They are dangerous characters and have no problem resorting to violence if needs be.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, burglaries in the areas the mob had targeted plummeted to near zero.
At the time, officers had been deployed to sub districts in rural locations and regular checkpoints were taking place, but many have been taken away from those areas again.