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Three arrested after attempted catalytic convertor theft

Three men have been arrested and two cars have been seized in Limerick following an attempted catalytic convertor theft.

Gardaí said that shortly before 00:30 this morning they received a report of a number of men attempting to take a catalytic convertor from a car in Murroe, Co Limerick.

“Whilst attempting to take the catalytic convertor, the men were disturbed and smashed the windscreen of the car before leaving the scene in a red Volkswagen car,” Gardaí said. The car was spotted by Gardaí in the Castletroy area shortly after.

“Gardaí witnessed four men get out of the car and get into another that was parked in Brookfield Hall housing estate.

“As Gardaí approached, the men fled the scene. Following a short foot chase three men, aged in their late teens and early 20s, were arrested,” Gardaí said in a statement.

The three men are currently being detained in Henry Street Garda Station.

A search of the area was carried out in an attempt to arrest the fourth man but he was not located, Gardaí confirmed.

Following a search of the two cars Gardaí seized equipment suspected for use of the theft of catalytic converters.

Gardaí also discovered that the red Volkswagen had false licence plates. Both cars have been seized and sent for technical examination.