Garda probe Longford and Ballymahon break-ins

Televisions and cash stolen in raids

Garda probe Longford and Ballymahon break-ins
By Liam Cosgrove

Gardaí have launched an investigation into the circumstances behind two separate burglaries in Longford and Ballymahon.

The latter, which took place last Friday, occurred in the Slí Na Móna area of Ballymahon.

Gardaí are satisfied the incident unfolded sometime between 4:15pm and 5:30pm when thieves gained access to a private house by prising open a front door.

Once inside, the culprits snatched the contents, namely a sum of money, from a patchwork leather purse before making off.

It's not known at this stage how the thieves made their getaway.

As gardaí look into the incident, they have appealed for anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of Slí Na Móna lastFriday to come forward.

They are equally anxious to speak to members of the public who witnessed a separate break in at a Longford town housing estate less than 24 hours later to make contact with them.

Thieves gained access to Edgeworth Hall in Prospect Woods by forcing open a rear window.

Gardaí have so far managed to establish that the incident took place between 8:40am and 3pm last Saturday.

Among the items stolen were a 40” Panasonic television and a 36” Samsung television.

Anyone who may have been offered these items for sale or who may have witnessed either of the incidents is asked to contact Longford Gardaí at (043) 3350570.