Longford firms count the cost of crime

A Ballymahon business man has warned that small firms are seriously under threat from the ongoing spate of crime following a robbery at his premises last week.

A Ballymahon business man has warned that small firms are seriously under threat from the ongoing spate of crime following a robbery at his premises last week.

The business owner, who opted to remain anonymous, described how one opportunistic thief brazenly strolled into Flanagan’s Foodhall on Ballymahon’s Main Street last Tuesday night (August 30) before escaping with a sum of cash.

“It is just very annoying,” he said. “It is Ballymahon, not Ballymun. Just the audacity of it is more upsetting than anything else.”

The fast food outlet owner said the incident was just another hurdle to overcome in light of the ongoing and wider economic restraints faced by small and medium sized firms generally.

“We are the same as everyone else. We have bills to pay but things like this certainly don’t help. Hopefully the insurance will cover it eventually but it won’t be this week or next week.”

Meanwhile, Gardai are this week investigating a theft at Dobson Jewellers on Longford town’s Dublin Street on August 29 at 11am. According to Gardai, a man walked into the store before distracting a member of staff and making off with a €400 chain.

A man was later arrested in connection with the incident and a file is likely to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as part of the probe.

Gardai meanwhile, said on Monday they were hopeful of making significant progress into the circumstances surrounding three separate shoplifting offences in Longford town over the course of last Friday and Saturday.

Department store Heaton’s, located along the town’s busy Ballymahon Street was first to be hit.

Gardai have identified three suspected shoplifters who walked out of the premises with three pairs of trousers last Friday afternoon at around 3:15pm. Around two hours later, British retailer Halford’s also fell foul to a case of shoplifting after a 55 piece tool set was snatched from its shelves. The following morning at around 11:15am, a number of items were likewise taken from Ward’s Pharmacy in Longford town.

Meanwhile, a number of items worth €900 were taken from two private households in the Ardnacassa Avenue area over the course of last Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone with information in relation to any of these crimes is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3346741.