A man is due in court in relation to the theft of thousands of euros in cash from church collection boxes across East Cork.
Officers in Midleton say they began a surveillance operation after a local priest reported that a man was captured on CCTV using a wire hook to lift cash donations from a collection box.
When Gardaí went to arrest the man in question, he fled the scene in a car and travelled on the N25.
Gardaí pursued the man from a safe distance until eventually his car was stopped near the Jack Lynch Tunnel.
When garda officers searched the man's car, a wire hook similar to the one seen in the CCTV footage was discovered.
The man, aged in his 50s, was then arrested and brought to Cobh Garda Station.
He was detained there under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, and has since been charged.
- Carrigtwohill on January 23 and 24
- Dungarvan on January 15
- Cloyne on January 23
- and Shanagarry on November 21, 2020
It is not yet known exactly how much cash was stolen.
The arrested man is due to appear before Mallow District Court this morning.