Independent car dealership near Portlaoise hit hard by thieving gang

Independent car dealership near Portlaoise hit hard by thieving gang
By Conor Ganly

An independent car dealership in Laois has been left reeling after a gang of thieves struck taking cars and equipment worth at least €50,000.

Two high-spec cars, one of which had already been sold, were taken in an overnight raid by thieves from JK Autos on The Heath in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Septemer 28.

The BMW and Audi cars were worth more than €46,800. The Audi 5 coupe was on the market for more than €30,000.

The white BMW had was due to be delivered on the day after the theft.

It is a BMW 3 Series 318 E90 D M Sport. The 4 door manual diesel had 151,274 miles on the clock. It was on sale for €13,900. The registration plate is 10 MN 6463.

The second car is a 2013 Audi A5 2.0 TDI S LINE 177BHP two door diesel coupe. Charcol grey in colour it has 60,00km on the clock. Its registration is 131 D 5079. It was on sale for €32,900.

Apart from the cars the thieves made of with 80 new tyres, all the garage's diagnosic equipment, all the air tools and welding equipment.

The garage owner John Kelly and his staff are still in the process of identifying all the items that were stolen from the garage.

The garage had never been robbed but its feared that its location close to the M7 motorway was an attraction for the thieves.

The reputable business appealed to the public for their help in tracing the stolen cars and equipment.

Salesaman Padraig Keane told the Leinster Express that the theft has put a big dent in the business which employs seven peeople.

Gardaí were alerted and are investigating.

Portlaoise Garda Station can be contacted at 057 8674100