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Gardaí seek witnesses to theft of car possibly linked to Donohoe death

It has been established that the burnt-out Passat discovered in Armagh was stolen from Clogherhead last Wednesday morning.

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal for witnesses who may have information on the theft of a car in Co Louth last week, after revealing that the car stolen there is the one that was found burnt out in Co Armagh – and which may be linked to the death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

Gardaí this evening said the discovery of the burnt-out vehicle outside Keady in Co Armagh in the early hours of Sunday morning – a little over 24 hours after the shooting in Bellurgan, Co Louth – was being treated as a line of enquiry in Donohoe’s death.

The car, a navy Volkswagen Passat with an 08-D registration plate, was stolen during the course of a burglary in Clogherhead sometime between 11:30pm last Tuesday night and 4:30am on Wednesday morning.

The theft coincided with a large funeral at St Michael’s Church in the village on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, and Gardaí are hoping that those who were in attendance at that funeral may have information about the theft of the car or the individuals involved.

Anyone who noticed such a car in the hours and days leading up to Friday night’s shooting, or who may have seen it in Bellurgan or Keady before it was burnt out, has been asked to contact the incident room at Dundalk Garda Station at (042) 9388400.

They can also contact the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111, any Garda station, or the PSNI at (048) 90650222.

Anyone in Northern Ireland who may have seen the vehicle is asked to contact PSNI at 0845 6008000.

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