Gardai investigate Newtown’ burglary spree

Raiders made off with a large sum of cash and various other valuables after ransacking three premises in Newtownforbes within the space of a few hours.

Raiders made off with a large sum of cash and various other valuables after ransacking three premises in Newtownforbes within the space of a few hours.

The first break in occurred at a creche in the mid Longford village over the course of last Thursday (June 23) and Friday (June 24) morning.

Gardai believe those responsible struck sometime between 2:50pm and 9:15am the following morning.

Officers are working on the premise that suspects deliberately targeted the creche’s main office before fleeing with a large quantity of cash.

A short time later, and between 10pm last Thursday and 8am on Friday morning, the village’s parish hall was broken into. Much like the creche burglary, thieves rummaged through an office area, only this time they were forced to leave empty handed.

The third break in also saw a hair salon targeted. Those responsible managed to prise open a front door sometime between 7:45pm last Thursday and 9am on Friday, escaping with a small sum of money in the process.

At the other end of the county, gardai are anxious to speak with anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the St Matthew’s Park area in Ballymahon last Friday.

A red Nissan Micra (registration 97-D-6933) was stolen shortly before 4:30am after a set of keys were snatched from a hallway of a private house.

That followed a botched break in at another house in the estate an hour earlier when thieves slipped through a rear window.

In a separate incident, a man and a woman were arrested at Main Street, Kenagh last Friday evening after gardai stopped and discovered a quantity of cannabis herb in a silver Mazda car. Both suspects were detained and questioned at Longford Garda Station where they were later released without charge.

A file is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to determine whether charges can be brought against the pair.