The three are alleged to have used flashing lights to impersonate gardaí in order to stop a car at Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare, and rob the occupants of 1,000 cigarettes.
Myles Berry, aged 23, of The Bay, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, Thomas Berry, aged 22, of 5 Labre Park, Ballyfermot, and Thomas Wall, aged 18, of 19 Fortunestown, Tallaght, were charged with fraud and theft contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Detective Enda Coleman of Naas Garda Station outlined how the three accused, along with a juvenile, were in a car on the M7 when they started “flashing” a light at a car in front of them. The court heard they “indicated they were members of the gardaí”.
Det Coleman said that the occupants of the car, two men and one woman, all foreign nationals, stopped. Evidence was given that the men were assaulted.
The accused are alleged to have stolen €500 worth of cigarettes.
Det Coleman said the cousins were stopped at Tullow, Co Carlow.
An application to remand the three men on bail was made.
None of the three have any previous convictions. There was no objection to bail.