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.

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