16 bicycles believed to be stolen in Dublin were recovered after a sting operation yesterday, according to Gardai.
Margaret Flanagan at Garda Press Office said: “Gardaí in Crumlin arrested one man, in his early 50s, and seized a total of 16 pedal cycles as part of Operation Soteria on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at approximately 5.30pm.”
“The operation involved a planned arrangement to meet a seller of a stolen pedal cycle, which was placed for sale on a selling site. The man attended the scene with the stolen pedal cycle; the owner of the pedal cycle identified her pedal cycle and the man was arrested. He was conveyed to Crumlin Garda station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984,” she said.
She said: “In a follow-up search of a property in Dublin 8 a total of 15 pedal cycles were recovered, all believed to be stolen along with an angle grinder. The estimated value of these pedal cycles is believed to be in the region of €7,000.”
Flanagan added: “The man has since been charged in relation to the seizure and Gardaí at Crumlin will endeavour to identify the rightful owners of the pedal cycles in due course. The items that are not returned to owners will be circulated via media in the coming weeks.
Gardai said that investigations are ongoing and that there are no images of the bicycles at this time.