Tullamore burglary prompts gardai into helicopter manhunt
Gardaí are hunting a burglary gang in Offaly after a break-in at an Offaly filling station overnight.
A gang of three or four men broke into Topaz, Fingerboard, Tullamore at 12.30am by forcing entry through back door.
Gardaí reacted to an alarm activation and upon reaching the scene, disturbed at least three, possibly four men carrying out a burglary at the premises.
The men ran into a nearby field, chased by gardaí. A short time later, a car was stopped and one suspect, a male in his 20s was arrested. The vehicle was also seized during the Garda operation.
A Garda source told the Offaly Express that they believe two or three other males are "still at large" and are thought to be in the Tullamore area. A quantity of cigarettes are believed to have been stolen in the incident.
The Garda Air Unit and a number of specialist units were continue to be involved in the search for the suspects. Witnesses report the Garda helicopter patrolling over the Clonminch cemetery area into the early hours of Tuesday morning, February 20.
The searches are continuing across Tullamore and have focused on Ballard, Charleville Road and N52 bypass. Any suspicious males are to be reported immediately to Gardaí in Tullamore on (057) 932 7600.
The one man arrested in connection with the crime was brought to Tullamore Garda Station where he is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
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