Owners of marine equipment sought

Gardaí have recovered a major haul of stolen marine equipment, including 10 boats, 74 outboard engines, generators, and trailers.

Owners of marine equipment sought

The equipment was found following three searches in Co Laois.

In the past few years it’s estimated that several million euro worth of marine equipment has been stolen in this country.

It’s believed to be the work of well-organised foreign gangs who hit marinas at night and then sell the stolen equipment abroad. Operating in an almost military fashion, thieves conduct recces before they strike.

According to gardaí, the discovery of the boats, outboard engines and generators was made in the Portlaoise area over two days last month.

The haul also included eight boat trailers, two ordinary trailers, two generators, a caravan, boat covers, winches, and petrol cans.

After carrying out initial enquiries, gardaí have managed to locate an owner for one of the engines but they want to reunite the rest of the equipment with their rightful owners.

They have now put up a series of photographs of the stolen equipment on the Garda Facebook page.

Det Sgt John Healy, at Portlaoise Garda Station said they were appealing to people nationwide who may have had an outboard engine stolen to look at the photos to see if it was among the property recovered.

“Obviously, as we are in a central location, we feel that the engines could belong to people countrywide, so we’re asking everyone from Killybegs to Castletownbere to look at the photos,” Det Sgt Healy said.

“We’ve set up a dedicated email for people to contact us and make an appointment to view if they believe that their property is here with us.”

People who suspect their property is among the recovered haul are asked to email portlaoise.property@garda.ie or ring 057 8674100 to arrange viewing.

Some outboard motors in particular can be worth tens of thousands of euro.

In an attempt to cut thefts gardaí recently launched a new text alert system in the Mizen Peninsula in Cork.

The Mizen Coastal Watch will involve members of Cork County Council, the RNLI, Irish Water Safety, Schull Inshore Rescue, Schull Community Council, Coast Guard, Crookhaven and Schull sailing clubs, Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre, boatyard owners and the public.

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