Three men held after nationwide alert over break-ins
Operation Thor has been running since late 2015 and focuses on crime gangs using motorways to target rural areas.
Three men have been arrested after a car was stopped more than 100km from a break-in at a rural house.
Gardai said the men were detained on the M4 near Kinnegad, Co Westmeath after a burglary more than three hours earlier in the Collooney area of Sligo.
A number of other break-ins had taken place during the day in the county.
Gardai said the men were detained after a nationwide alert was issued for suspected burglars at about 1.40pm on Wednesday.
Officers had disturbed intruders when an alarm went off in the house near Collooney.
The Garda helicopter and units attached to Operation Thor, which was set up to target organised crime gangs using motorways as getaway routes, were involved in the manhunt.
A car was stopped near Kinnegad about three hours after the alert was issued and two men aged in their 20s and one man in his 30s, were arrested, gardai said.