Three men have appeared in court in connection with the recovery of €250,000 of stolen jewellery from a midland shopping centre during Storm Emma.

Costel Podaru, 27, and brothers Costel Rosloveanu, 27 and Catalin Rosloveanu, 31, all originally from Romania but with addresses at Ballaghmore, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois, appeared before a sitting of Portlaoise District Court this afternoon.

The three men were each charged with two counts of possession of stolen property.

The charges related to items stolen from a jewellers in the Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone between 1-3 March and a second jewellery shop in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, on 7 March.

Letterkenny based Detective Garda Stephen McGonagle gave evidence in relation to two further charges against one of the defendants, Costel Rosloveanu.

He said Mr Rosloveanu made no reply when charged with criminal damage at Letterkenny Shopping Centre and the burglary of a jewellers in the centre on the same date, 2 October 2017.   

Athlone based Detective Garda Jarlath Nohilly gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to the stolen property charges. He said none of the men had made any reply when charged with possession of stolen property. 

The three defendants did not make an application for bail and all three were granted legal aid.

Judge Catherine Staines remanded all three defendants in custody to Cloverhill Prison. They are due to appear before Cloverhill District Court on 20 March.