Gardai are attempting to locate a car stolen from Loughmore garage

Noel Dundon

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Noel Dundon

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nd@tipperarystar.ie

Stolen car.

The stolen Volkswagen Passat at Owen Ryan Motors

The thief came in to take the car for a test drive, but never returned with the white Volkswagen Passat.

A 171 Volkswagen Passat  taken from Owen Ryan Motors, Loughmore Cross, on the N62, while on a test drive earlier this week, has not yet been recovered and Gardai are seeking assistance.

A man in his mid-20s called to the car sales yard just a few kilometres from Templemore and expressed an interest in a white Volkswagen Passat, which turned out to be the family car. Staff at the garage were busy at the time and allowed the man to take the car for a test drive unaccompanied. He left the vehicle he arrived in – an 18 registration Opel Astra – and his mobile phone number at the dealership.

But, when staff rang him around 15 minutes later he told them he had taken a wrong turn and was on his way back. They called him again when he failed to return but there was no answer. It later emerged that the Opel the suspect arrived in had been stolen in Limerick. The incident happened early Wednesday afternoon – the Volkswagen Passat – registration number 171 T 1545 hasn’t been recovered as of yet.

Owen Ryan Motors is a very popular garage in Loughmore with the very friendly and efficient staff going the extra mile always to assist and help customers. The theft comes as a big blow to the family run business, which has been inundated with calls of support since the incident happened.

Any information can be given to Templemore Gardaí on 0504 31011.