21 people set to appear in court tomorrow charged with 41 offences of theftGary Ibbotson 26 Jan 2023
As part of an on-going operation to tackle retail crime in the DMR’s ‘R’ District, 21 persons (8 women and 13 men) are set to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin (Court No.4) on Friday, January 27 at 10:30am.
In a statement, a Garda spokesperson said: “The 21 people are aged between 22 and 68 years of age and they are charged with a total of 41 offences of theft.
“Operation Pastern was established following an analysis of repeat, volume, and in some instances, organised crime.
“Operation Pastern so far has involved Gardaí reviewing old incidents.
“In some cases, a number of repeat offenders have been identified. In one such case, an individual was found to be connected to 20 incidents.
“Another aspect of the operation has seen Gardaí meet and liaise with the local business community and relevant stakeholders as part of efforts to tackle retail crime.
“To date, Operation Pastern has resulted in 34 arrests made by Gardaí.
“33 of these arrests have led to charges and one youth has been referred to the Youth Diversion Bureau.
“12 bench warrants have also been executed.”
Investigations are ongoing.