Cork’s top police officer, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin, said progress had been made on the problem with Leinster-based gangs being targeted.
“We had a spike of burglaries in the last four months, hitting Douglas, Glanmire, Ballyvolane and the peripheral areas of the motorway. They were hit-and-run jobs,” he said.
“These people were in and out very, very quickly. In one weekend in October last we had 21 burglaries between here and adjoining divisions.”
Chief Supt McPolin said one gang was targeted in a joint operation with Dublin garda divisions.
“We targeted the gang — there were four to five young men and a driver.”
“We put operations in place in tandem with our colleagues in Dublin and dismantled the gang, and some of them have been charged.” Chief Supt McPolin highlighted the instance of a car involved in burglaries being spotted in Cork, then traced to Dublin and on to Donegal, all in one day.