Two men have been arrested in Co Donegal after being caught with walkie talkies, tools, a syphoning hose, gloves and dozens of large fuel drums.

Gardai arrested the men at Drumlonagher outside Donegal Town in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

They were interviewed at Ballyshannon Garda station and have been charged with being in possession of items with the intention for use in theft or burglary.

Both men, who are Lithuanian nationals, appeared at Falcarragh District Court.

Mindauguas Melnikonis (34), of 6 Craigaveen Close, Newry, Co Down and Nerijus Indrisunas (32) of 31 Meadowvale, Netownhamiliton, Newry appeared before Judge Paul Kelly.

The pair, who claimed to be gardeners, were granted free legal aid.

Detective Garda Paul McHugh of Donegal Town Garda station told the court that Mr Melnikonis was arrested at 1.45am on June 17 and made no reply when charged.

He was charged with being in possession of tools, a walkie talkie, tools, a syphoning hose and gloves with the intention to use in connection with theft or burglary.

He was also charged with driving with no insurance and driving without a driving licence.

Garda Conor Doherty of Donegal town garda station said Mr Indrisunas was arrested at 1.38am and also made no reply when charged.

He was charged with being in possession of 34 25-litre fuel drums, a walkie talkie, gloves, tools and duct tape with the intention to use in connection with theft or burglary.

Gardáí objected to bail for the two Lithuanian nationals.

Judge Kelly remanded the pair in custody to appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow, June 19th.

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