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New meaning to 'lifting cars'

Story by Noelle Finegan

Friday, 25th July, 2014 12:32pm

New meaning to 'lifting cars'

A car that broke down on the M3 motorway was stolen.

Navan Gardai are warning the public about a new type of car theft in the area in recent weeks where vehicles are literally being lifted or towed away.
Two vehicles were stolen from a car park area at Curtis’s Cross, Flemington, Balrath, in the space of a week and gardai believe these cars were either towed away or lifted on a truck.
Gardai say people may think it is legitimate and that a broken-down car is being taken away but they are urging the public to contact gardai with the truck registration if suspicious and gardai can check whether it is a genuine breakdown or not.
A third incident also occurred the same week where a car that broke down on the M3 motorway was stolen. It is likely that the culprits are wearing high-visibility jackets and passing motorists may pay no attention to them, thinking they are attending a legitimate breakdown.
On Thursday, 17th July, a Nissan Micra was stolen from the car park area at Flemington some time during the day. Gardai believe it was lifted or towed away as there was no sign of broken glass and the keys were with the owner.
A week earlier, on Thursday 10th July, a Toyota Yaris was stolen between 1.30pm and 6.30pm from the same parking area. The owner had travelled on a bus to Dublin and returned to find their vehicle had been taken.
On the same date, a car that broke down on the M3 close to exit 8, Navan South, was stolen. The Opel Tigra broke down that afternoon and when the owner returned the next morning, the vehicle was gone. Again, gardai believe this vehicle was towed away or lifted onto a truck and removed.
Gardai are warning people to be aware of this type of crime and are asking them that if they have any suspicions, to record the registration number of the truck and contact their local garda station where officers can check out whether the incident is legitimate or not.

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