An independent Laois car dealer, who was hit hard by a gang of thieves, has managed to reclaim one of the valuable cars stolen from his garage near Portlaoise.
After a huge public campaign and a tip off from Dublin, Joh Kelly, owner of JK Auto, alerted gardaí to the whereabouts of a BMW that was taken from his premises at The Heath, Portlaoise in the early hours of last Wednesday morning, September 21.
The white BMW 3 series had was due to be delivered on the day after the theft. It was on sale for €13,900 and was due to have been picked up the day after the raid by a highly organised gang.
However, after he received the tip of Mr Kelly contacted gardaí who subsequently located the car in the Nangor Road, area of Clondalkin.
The suspicion is that the thieves left it to 'cool off' in case it contained a tracking device. Gardaí watched the car for some time but none of the culprits appeared.
There is hope that a second car may yet be located. 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.
Gardaí in the west of Ireland have been in touch with Mr Kelly.
Even if the second car is found, Mr Kelly told the Leinster Express that the raid had cost him in the region of €70,000 as a lot of valuable equipment had also been stolen. This is unlikely to be recovered.
However, he thanked the countless number of people from near and far in the car trade, other business and just members of the public who have offered support and practical help since the raid.
He told the Leinster Express that while he is getting on with it, his family and staff have been shaken.