Garages advised to double check security systems


Garages are being advised to double check their security systems, following a break in at a tyre centre in Co. Galway last weekend.

The warning comes after thieves made off with a large consignment of car tyres, a tyre changer, wheel balancer, and wheel alignment equipment from a tyre centre in Oranmore, Co. Galway last weekend.

The break in occurred at W. Kenny Tyres Ltd, Glenascaul Industrial Estate, Oranmore in the early hours of Sunday morning.

AutoTrade.ie can confirm that the thieves made off with up to 200 car tyres, including up to 60 Starmaxx Ice Gripper winter tyres and 20 Petlas Full Grip winter tyres. Other brands taken include Accelera, Infinity, Zeta and Wanli. A number of truck tyres were taken including Bandag, Bridgestone and Continental patterns.

The thieves also made off with a set of 22” Kahn Alloy wheels and tyres to fit a Range Rover, a Phoenix tyres changer, wheel balancer and Corghi wheel alignment equipment.

Before entering the premises, the thieves cut the telephone lines into the building and disabled the alarm. Tyre centre manager, Richie Murphy confirmed that the thieves also disabled the CCTV system and stole the DVR recorders.

The thieves entered the premises through a side door, before opening the roller shutter door at the front of the premises. Gardai say the thieves would have needed a truck to remove the consignment of tyres and the workshop equipment.

If any member of the garage trade is offered tyres, or workshop equipment in suspicious circumstances, they should contact the Gardai in Oranmore, who are investigating the break in.