Two Rathangan brothers were charged with theft yesterday (Monday December 9) after they were arrested following a high speed chase involving 15 patrol cars.
The men, who appeared at Longford District Court, were
charged with offences in Ballinalee and Aughnacliffe, and were remanded in custody.
John and Thomas McCarthy, both of Spenser Bridge, Rathangan, appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with stealing a till from Farrell’s shop, Ballinalee; damaging two cars and stealing two bags in Aughnacliffe, and dishonestly making off without paying for €102.41 worth of petrol at the Texaco in Ballinalack, Co Westmeath on December 7. The court also heard that the incident involved a high speed garda chase across counties Longford, Leitrim, Roscommon and Westmeath where the men were eventually apprehended outside Mullingar with the assistance of the army helicopter, 15 patrol cars and numerous gardaí from the region. Gda Brendan Burke told the court both men were arrested in connection with the incident and subsequently charged on December 8. He also said that when further investigations were carried out, it was discovered that a bench warrant had been issued for Thomas McCarthy’s arrest.
“The men were intercepted [following the burglaries] by Gda Burke, and the garda car was rammed three times,” gardaí added. “Garda Burke maintained pursuit through counties Longford, Roscommon, Leitrim and Westmeath and it eventually came to an end outside Mullingar when the stopping device was put in place. The two men then left the scene and ran through the fields. They were eventually caught by the gardaí.” The defendants’ solicitor Donal Quigley applied for bail on behalf of his clients, and indicated that he would also be making a legal aid application.
Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes denied bail and remanded the defendants in custody where they will appear at Harristown District Court next Friday. “This court considers this to be a most serious matter,” the judge added. “The behaviour of these men - thefts from shops, thefts from cars and making off without paying, is totally unacceptable, and their behaviour resulted in the deployment of the army helicopter.”