DONEGAL GARDAI are hunting a criminal gang behind a spate of car thefts in the county.
Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell says he believes a rise in the value of scrap metal may be the reason behind a number of second-hand cars being stolen.
He said the thieves are actively scouting for vehicles parked outside houses and along roads that they can steal and sell for scrap in the North.
Old cars can command a scrappage fee of about €100. Gardaí are investigating a series of such thefts recently in the Letterkenny, Drumkeen and Ballybofey areas.
The latest incident took place in Letterkenny last Wednesday evening when an unused 95DL-registered Opel Corsa was stolen from outside a house in the Glendale Manor estate.
That car was taken some time between 4pm and 8pm.