A 24 year old man who rented out a yard that was raided as part of an investigation into stolen car parts, had his case adjourned at Dundalk district court last week so a Probation report can be prepared.
Sean McDermott of Drumnacarra, Ravensdale was prosecuted for possessing stolen property on the 12th of August 2011, after parts from three separate vehicles were identified by garda experts.
Garda Insp. Martin Beggy told the court last Wednesday that a search warrant was obtained for the address at Drumnacarra, Ravensdale as part of an investigation into a number of so-called ‘creeper-style burglaries’.
He said detectives from the Stolen Car Unit in Dublin identified three specific items - a chassis from Laois registered car, the front axle of a Meath registered one that had its chassis number ground down and from a Toyota Landcruiser that was taken following a break-in in Omeath. All were stolen in 2011.
The court heard Sean McDermott had no previous convictions.
His solicitor said that the investigating Garda had a lot of intelligence in relation to the case and it had come to their attention that people involved in stealing the cars had rented the premises from his client and the items in question “had been left there by them”.
He said the accused acknowledged he was suspicious of what was going on and that he was reckless.
The solicitor said it smelled to high heaven that there was wrong doing going on.
After he heard garda inquiries are on-going and Insp. Beggy confirmed that there was no evidence the accused was involved in stealing the vehicles, Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case until October 16 so a Probation report could be prepared.