A man has been remanded in custody following a break-in to a leading Donegal car showroom during which a jeep worth €17,000 was stolen.

Thomas McDonagh, aged 39, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with theft and criminal damage today.

McDonagh, of Letterkenny but with an address at Castelrea Prison, applied to the court to be released o bail.

However, bail was refused by Judge Paul Kelly on the grounds that McDonagh had already taken two bench warrants, the seriousness of the charges and the “strong evidence” in the case.

The case relates to an incident on Saturday morning during which there was a break-in to Diver’s Hyundai garage at Canal Road.

Considerable damage was caused to the premises and a jeep was stolen during the break-in which happened around 2.30am.

Owner of Divers Hyundai, Mr Terence Diver, was in court for the short hearing.

Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, asked for the case to be adjourned until May 20th for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Judge Kely agreed to the adjournment and ordered the accused to appear by video-link.

Divers Hyundai at Canal Road in Letterkenny.


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