Thieves hit houses and businesses across Longford

Meanwhile Gardai are this week investigating over half dozen burglaries in the Longford town area after a crime fuelled past seven days.

Meanwhile Gardai are this week investigating over half dozen burglaries in the Longford town area after a crime fuelled past seven days.

The first incident took place at around 11am at Dobson Jewellers on Longford town’s Dublin Street. According to officers heading up the inquiry, 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 so far, managed to identify three suspected shoplifters who walked out of the premises with three pairs of trousers during the raid which lasted only a couple of minutes 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 domestic goods were taken from two private households in the Ardnacassa Avenue area over the course of last Saturday and Sunday.

It’s believed the incidents, which occurred at around midday, may be linked with the total haul stolen from both houses rumoured to be in the region of €900.

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