Cross-border operation recovers stolen machinery

October 20, 2012

By Christine Keighery

A cross-border collaboration between Gardai and PSNI, resulted in the successful recovery of a stolen dumper and lorry in Crossmaglen in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Gardai investigating the theft of the vehicles from Monaghan Plant Hire, had contacted the PSNI to advise that they had reason to believe the farm machinery had been taken across the border into Crossmaglen.

The PSNI enlisted the help of a spotter plane to assist in their search, which subsequently discovered the dumper and lorry in the car park of Crossmaglen Cattle Mart.  The vehicles were recovered back to their rightful owners in Monaghan yesterday afternoon (Sunday).

Councillor Terry Hearty, who had spoken to police about the successful operation, praised the co-operation on both sides of the border which led to such a satisfactory outcome.

Speaking to The Examiner, Mr Hearty said,

“I am delighted that these vehicles have been returned to their rightful owners. There has been a spate of farm machinery theft recently, and I sympathise with the awful loss and blow felt at such incidents.  It is highly commendable that the good working relationship between Gardai and the PSNI has helped in recovering these vehicles.

“These opportunistic thieves seem to believe that if they abscond across the border with their stolen goods, they have escaped without repercussion. Yesterday’s successful outcome proves the power of good collaborative police work on both sides of the border.”

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed that police are still following a line of enquiry into the theft and appealed for anyone with information to contact either the PSNI or Monaghan Gardai.