A fishing boat and outboard engine stolen from outside a house in the Bonniconlon area of Ballina overnight have since been recovered, and three people arrested.

The boat and engine were reported missing from the Bonniconlon area between 1 and 2am this morning.

Gardai from Ballina and from the Sligo / Leitrim division responded, and during a follow-up search operation, a car was stopped by Gardai in Dromore West and three males were arrested.

One was detained overnight in Ballymote Garda station, and has been charged with theft.

He will appear before the Ballina District Court later this month.

The other two were detained overnight at Ballina Garda station - one man is still being interviewed by Gardai, while the second - a juvenile - will be dealt with under the Juvenile Diversion Scheme.

Gardai recovered the boat and outboard engine, which are now being technically examined.

Anyone with further information on the incident is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station at 096 - 20560.

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