Gardaí investigating after motorcycle owner threatened at knifepoint

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GARDAÍ in Limerick are investigating after four would-be thieves attempted to steal a motorbike, threatening the owner with a knife when he tried to resist.

The attempted theft occurred at a house at Derryvinna, in Clonlara, in broad daylight on the afternoon of Friday May 24.

At around 2.30pm, according to Gardaí, the thieves wheeled the bike down the road, away from the house, and attempted to start it on numerous occasions.

The bike’s owner, having become aware of what was happening, followed the thieves and confronted them, at which point they drew a knife in a threatening manner.

The four thieves then jumped into a white Opel car and made their escape.

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Garda John Finnerty of Henry Street Garda Station explained that Gardaí don’t have a direction of travel for the would-be thieves, nor do they have a good description of them as all four had their faces covered.

The motorbike was recovered successfully, and Gardaí in Mayorstone are continuing their investigations.

Anyone with information can contact them on 061 456980.

Separately, Gardaí in Roxboro Road are investigating an unrelated theft of a white Mazda Demio from the Dooradoyle area on the same night.

The theft occurred outside a house in the High Meadows, Gouldavoher area, between 8pm and 9pm.

The thief then drove the car around the city at speed in a “highly dangerous manner”, Gardaí say.

On the following day (Saturday May 25), at 4.09pm, the car crashed into a red Honda CRV on Georges Quay, with the driver failing to remain at the scene.

The Mazda Demio was later crashed and abandoned at 12.55am on the morning of May 26 in Gillogue.

Gardaí in Roxboro Road are continuing to investigate the theft and are appealing for anyone who may have any information, no matter how small it may seem, to contact them.

They can be contacted on 061 21 4340.