NINE men appeared in court on Saturday charged in connection with a number of incidents at Lidl and Centra stores.
Edgar Cesynas, 24, from Silkin Park Drive, Citywest and originally from Lithuania, was charged with theft.
Stolen substantial digging equipment was used to bulldoze into the side of a Lidl store in Tallaght in Dublin, and the store was then looted, including the store's safe which the criminals attempted to break open using that same digging equipment.
THE DEMOLITION OF A LIDL ALONGSIDE 6 CARS has left many people in west Dublin frightened and angry. "I will continue to work with the Gardaí and local residents to ensure that no further damage is done to the Jobstown and Citywest areas".
Dublin has been experiencing one of the worst snowstorms to hit the area in decades over the past few days and it is thought that the incident might have been planned by a gang in order to grab the opportunity created by the poor road conditions.
Garda Caroline Kelly from Crumlin Garda Station told the court that Mr Gneizevicius was arrested at 9pm on Friday March 2 and was detained under Section 4. "An incident room has been established".
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"I am particularly mindful that these actions have taken place in the midst of a code red weather warning when our emergency services are at full stretch".
"The type of outrageous behaviour we witnessed tonight has no place in our community".
"People's jobs in the store have been put at risk by this mindless act of vandalism", he said.
"As our store in Fortunestown Lane was closed when the incident occurred this evening, we can confirm no member of our team has been injured".
"Given that the incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation we are not in a position to comment further at this time", the company said.