Around €1m worth of new BMW cars have been stolen in Co Meath.

A gang stole a car transporter late yesterday evening near Kinnegad and drove it to a house that had been under construction near the village of Clonard.

There were 12 new high-powered BMWs on the transporter.

The gang tried to manoeuvre the transporter to the rear of the house.

It is believed they were going to offload the cars over the coming days.

However, the vehicle got stuck, so they drove one car off and then set fire to the others.

The house was also badly damaged in the fire.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone who saw the transporter with the BMWs in the area or anyone who saw anything suspicious over the last number of days to contact them.