Operation Thor

  • The number of home burglaries during the winter months has fallen by 50 per cent in the last 4 years.

    Gardaí say it's as a result of the Winter Phase of Operation Thor, which has just been launched for its fifth year.

    Statistics show home burglaries at a national level fell from more than 12,000 in the winter of 2014/15 to just under 6,000 last winter.

    Gardai say this is a direct result of its implementation of the Winter Phase of Operation Thor.

    The campaign targets organised crime gangs and repeat offenders through coordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity.

    Gardai are advising that homes that look unoccupied are more vulnerable to being robbed.

    1 in 5 burglars enter a home through an unsecured door or window, with the majority looking for cash and jewellery.

    27% of burglaries take place through the front door, and 25% through a rear door, while access through a rear window accounts for 28%.

     

     

     

  • Four men are due in court in Castlebar in Co.Mayo later.

    The four were arrested as part of Operation Thor, a Garda initiative tackling burglaries nationwide.

    The four men in their 20's were arrested alongside a teenage boy aged 15 at a property in Ballinrobe on Friday night.

    They have been charged in connection with a burglary at Claremorris also on Friday night.

    Gardai also found a number of items understood to be linked to recent burglary incidents and they seized a high-powered car and a van.

    They are appealing for information, especially anyone who may have seen a black hatchback type car or noticed any suspicious activity in the south Mayo area.

    The four are due to appear before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court later today.

  • One person was arrested earlier today, following a drugs seizure in Ballina.

    The divisional drugs unit, assisted by local Gardai, carried out a planned search of a house in St Patrick’s Estate and seized a significant quantity of suspected cocaine.

    One man was arrested and is being detained at Ballina Garda Station.

    Today’s seizure was part of Operation Thor, which is ongoing in the area.

  • Claremorris Community Engagement Gardaí acting on information received regarding persons involved in handling stolen goods in Ballyhaunis Town put an operation in place last Tuesday resulting in a vehicle being stopped and searched.

    The search resulted in the recovery of a high value bicycle frame valued at €3000 that is believed to have been stolen in the UK in September.

    The driver of the vehicle has been spoken to in relation to the property.

    In a pre-planned follow up operation Claremorris Gardaí, supported by Detectives from Mayo Crime Hub and Gardaí from Castlerea and Tubbercurry, executed a Search Warrant at a residential premises in the Ballinlough area of Co Roscommon.

    The follow up search resulted in the recovery of another bicycle frame valued at €5000 and bicycle components valued at €600. These were also believed to have been stolen in the UK in September 2019. In addition a quantity of power tools valued at €4000 were recovered. These are believed to have been taken during burglaries of building sites in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo in November 2018 and in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon in August 2019. Three motor bikes valued at approximately €15000 were also seized. Enquiries are ongoing to confirm whether these have also been reported stolen in the UK. Further tools and bicycle frames/components believed to be stolen valued at €3000 were also recovered as part of the operation. The total value of property recovered during this operation is €30,600.

    Claremorris Superintendent Gabriel Moran says “This operation by An Garda Síochána in support of Operation Thor highlights the importance of householders and businesses recording serial numbers and descriptions of their property. This has allowed the identification and recovery of property in this operation. This is especially important in the run up to Christmas where purchases of valuable gifts and items in the New Year sales.

    Gardai are appealing to members of the public who become aware of people offering goods in suspicious circumstances or at suspiciously low prices to bring this to the attention of An Garda Síochána.  This can be done by contacting their local Garda station (Claremorris 0949372080) or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

    Claremorris Gardaí can reassure the community that incidents of Burglary have reduced this year and that with the cooperation of the community we will continue to work to prevent offending, bring offenders to justice, and recover property for its rightful owners.”

     

  • Gardaí in Collooney arrested two members of what is believed to be a  prolific rural burglary gang who are suspected of carrying out at least 50 raids over the last two months.

    The arrests were made by uniformed gardaí in county Sligo over the weekend as part of Operation Thor, an ongoing initiative tackling marauding burglary gangs. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    During the operation two males, aged 22 and 32, were arrested while two high-powered vehicles were also seized.

    The criminals were detained for questioning in relation to burglary related offences but have since been released without charge, while a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    The arrests were carried out last Friday afternoon shortly after 4pm by uniformed officers from Collooney garda station, who were assisted by members of the Garda Air Support Unit.

    The two suspects , who have since been released without charge, are originally from the Limerick area and are part of a four man gang accused of causing havoc along the west coast. One of the men was also wanted in relation to an outstanding bench warrant.

    These were significant arrests for gardai, with two high-powered cars also seized which were suspected of being used in burglaries. This crime grouping have been a key target for gardai across the west of the country for some time, as they are suspected of being connected to in excess of 50 burglaries since Christmas.