Call for vigilance after another week of burglaries

Gardaí in Longford have launched a number of investigations across the county, after several burglaries occurred during the past seven days.

Gardaí in Longford have launched a number of investigations across the county, after several burglaries occurred during the past seven days.

Substantial amounts of cash, state of the art televisions, a car and beer kegs are just some of the items that were stolen from residential properties and public houses in the past week. Gardaí in Longford town have renewed their appeal to property owners not to leave valuables in cars or keep large quantities of cash on business premises or in the home.

Gardaí are also appealing to the public to come forward and assist them with their enquiries as they continue to investigate the incidents of the past week.

Last Wednesday, March 28, a home owner in the Camlin Meadows area of Farneyhoogan in Longford town awoke to a noise in a downstairs bathroom. He called out and then heard footsteps and as he looked out his window, he saw his car being driven out of the driveway.

“A 42” flat screen television was also taken in the incident and it was valued at €1,200,” a garda spokesperson said. “The car in question was a red Nissan Premeria and it was later recovered at Trumra Road in Granard. The car has been taken to Granard Garda Station and anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious is asked to contact the gardaí in Granard or Longford town.”

On March 29 between the hours of 12:55am and 5:20am thieves broke into a house by a rear window at Bannon Terrace in Longford town. A red Cannon digital camera, black Fujitsu laptop, gold coloured ladies purse and a sum of cash was stolen in the incident. There was also a break in at Connolly Crescent between 9:45am and 10:45am on Friday, March 30 last. “A sum of cash was taken and a television was also stolen,” the Garda spokesperson added.

Between 8pm and 1am on March 30 and 31 last, the back door of a house at College Park was smashed in and the property ransacked. A number of items were stolen during the incident including a set of binoculars, jewellery and a mobile phone.

A home in Camlin Mews was also targeted by thieves at 5:15am on April 1 last when they gained entry to the property through a rear window. “The injured party in this case disturbed the intruder and chased him from the house,” the Garda spokesperson said. “We are investigating the incident and would once again appreciate assistance from the public in relation to this.”

On April 1 last between 1:30am and 8am the front door of the Canal Turn public house in Ballymahon was smashed in by thieves who made away with hundreds of euro in cash from the pool table and poker machine. They also took a substantial amount of cash from the till before they made their get away.

On the same date between 8am and 10pm a private residence at Mosstown, Kenagh was burgled. An Xbox 360 was taken in the incident and gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area to make contact with them.

“Two kegs of Heineken and a keg of Fosters were stolen from a public house in Ballymahon between 7am and 9am on March 26 last and the same premises was targeted again on April 2 last when three kegs of Heineken and an a keg of fosters were stolen,” the Garda spokesperson added.

“We would be seeking the public’s help in relation to the matter. €200 worth of kerosene was taken from a tank at a private residence at Derrydarragh, Newtowncashel, Co Longford on March 29 last as well. We would be appealing to the public to exercise vigilance in relation to their properties; keep oil tanks locked, do not keep valuables in cars and do not under any circumstances keep large quantities of cash in the home.”