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Stolen NCT certs from armed holdup in 2013 still in circulation

Anybody buying a second hand vehicle is being urged to check the number on the NCT disk.

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STOLEN NCT CERTIFICATES from an armed holdup in 2013 are still in circulation.

Some 850 official certificates were taken during an armed holdup of an NCT centre in Drogheda in October of 2013.

Gardaí told that the incident is still part on an ongoing investigation and that no one has yet been brought before the courts in relation to the holdup.

Director of Jeff Aherne, said, “Understandably, these certificates will look completely authentic, as they were stolen at source, but the numbers on the certificates are not in official circulation.”

The NCT website lists the NCT certificate serial numbers that were stolen and asks people who are buying a second hand vehicle to check the number on the NCT disc.

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Aherne added, “It is possible that unscrupulous individuals are offering these stolen certificates for sale and buyers may not be aware that purchase and display of these certificates constitutes an offence.

Conviction for this offence carries five penalty points and Courts may impose a fine of up to €2,000 and/or up to three months’ imprisonment.

“As a buyer of a used vehicle you should be smart – verify all your documents as part of the buying process and that includes verifying the NCT Certificate number.”

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