Man wanted for fraud offences arrested arising from Mayo checkpoint

Gardaí in Mayo have arrested a man, who was sought in connection with multiple theft offences across the country.

At 5.15pm on Saturday May 2, members of the Mayo Roads Policing Unit stopped a black Volkswagen Golf while conducting a MIT checkpoint at Newpark in Swinford and observed that the tax disc displayed looked to be false.

Using the Garda Mobility App at the roadside, Gardaí were immediately alerted to issues with the driver’s vehicle and were made aware that the car was displaying cloned registration plates and that the driver was sought for deception thefts nationwide.

It was also established that the car being driven was stolen from Howth, Co Dublin, in November 2019. The car was seized by Gardaí and the man was arrested and conveyed to Ballina Garda Station where he was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The man, who is in his early 30s, is sought by Gardaí in respect of a series of fraud matters and was charged in connection with fraud in Mayo and Westmeath, and with the unauthorised taking of a car in Dublin.

He is to appear before a sitting of Ballina District Court on May 26, 2020. The man is believed to be involved in conducting a number of deception thefts in shops. An investigation is underway in respect of the use of fraudulent vehicle documentation. All relevant Garda Districts were notified of the arrest.


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