Scrap metal value reason for car thefts
A local Garda inspector has confirmed a surge in the value of scrap metal is the reason behind a number of second-hand cars being stolen in east Donegal recently.
Inspector Pat O'Donnell said criminals are actively scouting for vehicles parked outside houses and along roads that they can steal and sell for scrap. Old cars can command a scrappage fee of about €100. Garda are investigating a series of such thefts recently in the Letterkenny, Drumkeen and Ballybofey areas.
The latest incident took place on Wednesday evening when an unused 95DL-registered Opel Corsa was stolen from outside a house in the Glendale Manor estate, Letterkenny.
It was taken some time between 4pm and 8pm.There has been a rise in the theft of telecoms cabling as well as metal and steal items such as manhole covers.
Scrap metal theft on the rise